Post-Docs


James Baxter-Gilbert

James Baxter-Gilbert

Invasion-derived phenotypic divergence: What traits promote invasion success in Guttural Toads?

I propose to use the model system of the Guttural Toad in Africa to understand their invasion success through the investigations of divergent phenotypic traits and rapid, localised evolution. This project will provide insight as to how these invasive populations are adapting to their novel environments. This may in turn provide the foundation for actions to be taken to weaken range expansion potential, (e.g., targeted gene flow). I also plan to utilize a similar research framework to that which has been used in studies of the invasive Cane Toad. This will allow direct comparison between the evolutionary processes and the phenotypic changes that facilitates invasion success in both species of invasive toad.

From 2019

Stellenbosch University


Nitya Mohanty

Nitya Mohanty

Investigating amphibians in the pet trade

The amphibian pet-trade has emerged as a subject of conservation importance from the viewpoint of invasions, overexploitation, and diseases. Yet, systematic assessments of the pet-trade seldom test its predictors. Given that trade is dynamic and new species enter the trade frequently, it is essential to move beyond currently traded species and understand which species are likely to be traded in the future. In this study, I aim to characterize amphibian species in the pet-trade. Specifically, I am to i) collate a comprehensive list of traded species, ii) characterise taxonomic bias in traded species, and iii) evaluate life-history traits as predictors of traded species and trade volume.

From 2019

Stellenbosch University