Projects

Physiology

 

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Shark stress project

Non-invasive measurement of faecal stress hormones in five species of catshark. This project is a collaboration with the South African Shark Conservancy. More …

 

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Croc stress project

Using Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) stress hormones (collected non-invasively) as a broad-scale biomonitoring tool for assessing freshwater health in southern Africa. More …

 

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Galago stress project

Assessing factors that affect stress hormone production in the lesser bushbaby (Galago moholi). A project in collaboration with Dr Juan Scheun, Dr Julia Nowack, and Prof Andre Ganswindt. More …

 

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Mongoose stress project

Ecology of stress hormone production in the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) – behavioural and epidemiological correlates and consequences. A project in collaboration with Dr Kathleen Alexander (Virginia Tech and CARACAL). More …

 

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Horse endocrinology project

Stress hormone production and equine herpesvirus-4 in thoroughbreds. Immunocastration in horses using a GnRH vaccine. Both projects in collaboration with colleagues at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pretoria. More …

 

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Faecal glucocorticoid metabolite stability project

Factors affecting the field stability of faecal glucocorticoid metabolites (fGCMs). More …

 

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Nile crocodile urine metabolite project

Methods to detect steroid metabolites in Nile crocodile urine. More …

 

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Sheep trace element project

Detection of trace elements in sheep livers. More …

 
 
 

Behaviour

 

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Mongoose movement ecology project

Test of several movement ecology hypotheses in the banded mongoose (M. mungi), including the Metabolic Theory of Ecology and the Resource Dispersion Hypothesis. More …

 

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Cheetah movement ecology project

Movement ecology, including philopatry and dispersal in the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). More …

 

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Mongoose predation risk project

Predation risk, landscape of fear, and giving up densities in banded mongoose (Mungos mungo). More …

 
 
 

Spatial analytics

 

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GPS screening project

Screening of GPS data (e.g. from wildlife collars) for fixes with unacceptably large error. More …

 

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ABODE home range application project

Kernel density estimation methods, including statistical core ranges and home range asymptotes. More …

 
 
 

Fitness

 

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Fitness project

Exploring new metrics for assessing evolutionary fitness. More …

 
 
 

Biomonitoring

 

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Biomonitoring project

Using physiological stress in keystone species to assess ecosystem integrity. More …

 
 
 

Human-wildlife conflict

 

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Human-wildlife conflict project

Assessing factors associated with human-wildlife conflict in northern Botswana. More …

 
 
 

Reliability in field equipment

 

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Camera-trap project

Reliability and repeatability of camera-trap equipment. More …