Honours Projects


Oliver Angus

Oliver Angus

In a rough spot? Conservation of moss frogs in a pine invasion

Globally, the invasion of alien vegetation into natural habitats is recognised as one of the largest threats to biodiversity, and South Africa is no exception. Amphibians are particularly at risk, given their low dispersal abilities and reliance on microclimates. Arthroleptella rugosa, a Critically Endangered species of Moss frog, might epitomize the plight for survival in the face of an ongoing invasion. For my Honour’s project I will attempt to investigate the link between pine invasion into the range of A.rugosa, and male call density which is an indicator of breeding success. A technique known as acoustic spatial capture Recapture (aSCR) will be used to generate call data, which will then be related to the extent of invasion.

Andrew Turner (CapeNature)