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Masters mini-theses

Alston, K. 2004. The roles of habitat features, disturbance and distance from putative source populations in structuring alien plant invasions at the urban/wildland interface on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Dave Richardson.

Bidwell, M. 2004. Breeding habitat selection and reproductive success of Blue Cranes Anthropoides paradiseus in an agricultural landscape of the Western Cape, South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Peter Ryan & Kevin Shaw.

Bomhard, B. 2004. Potential impacts of future land use and climate change on the red data book status of the Proteaceae in the Cape Floristic Region. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Dave Richardson, John Donaldson & Tony Rebelo.

Eshiamwata, G. 2004. The importance of Strangler Fig (Ficus thonningii) trees as centres for seed deposition and seedling establishment in the agricultural landscape. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Richard Dean & B Baebel.

Jack, K. 2004. Increasing the contribution of conservation planning to conservation through implementation. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Morné du Plessis.

Khumalo, C. 2004. A comparative study of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) browse impact on South African savanna ecosystems. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: William Bond

Kongor, R. 2004. A retrospective analysis of the host specificity of a seed-feeding beetle Melanterius servulus Pascoe (Coleoptera: Curculionoidae); a biological control agent for Acacia cyclops and Paraserianthes lophantha in South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: John Hoffman.

Maphisa, D. 2004. Breeding biology and habitat selection of the critically endangered Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi: Implications for conservation. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan.

Muntifering, J. 2004. Using habitat characteristics to model cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) high use areas: a novel approach to managing the matrix. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan.

Nansikombi, J. 2004. Impacts of helicopter flights on the birds at Dassen Island. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan.

Peleg, N. 2004. Studies on the population genetics of the phenotypically-variable Acacia karoo in South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Dave Ward & Peter Ryan.

Potter, L. 2004. Latitudinal life-history patterns of the barn owl (Tyto Alba) and its potential role as an agent of biocontrol. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Andrew Jenkins.

Ralston, S. 2004. The role of legislation in the management of invasive alien plants: human dimensions affecting the implementation of legal instruments on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Dave Richardson.

Senyatso, K. 2004. Applicability of the IUCN Red List criteria at a regional level: A case study of birds in Botswana. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Les Underhill & Peter Ryan.

Zoology honours projects and essays*

Frauenknecht, B. 2004. Co-operative breeding in the Cape penduline tit Anthoscopus minutus. BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Morné du Plessis & Penn Lloyd.

Frauenknecht, B. 2004. Natal dispersal behaviour in some territorial bird species in the Koeberg Nature Reserve, South Africa. BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Morné du Plessis & Penn Lloyd.

Underhill, J.G. 2004. Patterns of arrival and departure of African Penguins Spheniscus demersus on Robben Island, and an assessment of disturbance caused by road traffic. BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Rob Crawford & Peter Ryan.

Wright, D. 2004. Do the Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus) and Karoo Thrush (Turdus smithi) hybridize? BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Tim Crowe.

Wright, D. 2004. Seasonal changes in territorial song in the Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosai). BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Morné du Plessis.

*Supervised by FitzPatrick Institute staff and researchers