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Dissertation and project lists

Doctoral theses

Barnes, K. 2007. The evolution of Africa's larks Alaudidae. PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan.

Loewenthal, D. 2007. Population dynamics and conservation of the African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini.  PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Phil Hockey.

Techow, M. 2007. Phylogeny and phylogeography of four Southern Ocean petrels. PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Colleen O'Ryan & Peter Ryan.

Van Zyl, H. 2007. Property price approaches to the valuation of urban wetlands: theoretical implications and property considerations. PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Jane Turpie.

Wanless, R. 2007. The impacts of introduced mice on birds at Gough Island. PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan

Masters mini-theses

Bird, M. 2007. The influence of biotope on invertebrate assemblages in lentic environments: a study of two perennial alkaline wetlands in the Western Cape, South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Jenny Day.

Boundja, R.P. 2007. Patterns of elephant impact on woody plants in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Jeremy Midgley.

Burnside, J. 2007. Effect of maternal age on fecundity in white stumpnose, Rhabdosargus globiceps (Pisces: Sparidae) and its implications for fisheries management. Supervisors: Colin Attwood, John Field.

Daniels, F. 2007. Does protecting threatened ecosystems conserve threatened plant taxa? A case study from the Cape Floristic Region. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Tony Rebelo.

Gordon, H. 2007. The relationship between rural income and natural resource use: implications for the development of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Jane Turpie.

Hill, H. 2007. Patterns of seabird attendance at commercial trawlers targeting hake Merluccius spp. off South Africa: Implications for conservation. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan.

Jenkins, J. 2007. Are black harriers indicators of Renosterveld fragment quality? Conservation implications for a threatened species in a fragmented habitat. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Rob Simmons, Morné du Plessis.

Macgregor, L. 2007. Predicting the spread of avian influenza: the use of social network analysis to understand waterfowl interactions. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Graeme Cumming & Phil Hockey.

Musangu, M.M. 2007. The effect of Great White Pelican predation on breeding seabirds at Dassen Island, South Africa. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Peter Ryan.

Nupen, L. 2007. Systematics of five putative species of southern African cisticolas (Family Cisticolidae) using morphological, ecological and molecular evidence. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Tim Crowe.

Raharinjanahary, D. 2007. Impact of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile Mayr) on saproxylic invertebrates in afromontane forest and pine plantation of the Cape Peninsula (South Africa). MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Mike Picker.

Schultz, P. 2007. Does bush encroachment impact foraging success of the critically endangered Namibian population of the Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres? MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Rob Simmons.

Shelton, J. 2007. The effect of introduced largemouth bass on Cape galaxias abundance and microhabitat selection. MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Jenny Day & Charles Griffiths.

Thomas, H. 2007. Understanding the movements of waterbirds in southern Africa: can the long-term ornithological data collection programmes reveal the pattern? MSc mini-thesis (Conservation Biology), University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Graeme Cumming & Phil Hockey

Zoology honours projects and essays*

Laird, M. 2007. Determinants of breeding success in the African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini, is climate change a looming threat? BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisors: Phil Hockey & Mandy Ridley.

Smith, C. 2007. Ladies dressing in drag?, The effects of androgenic hormone manipulation on the expression of male secondary sexual characteristics in both male and female Red-billed queleas (Quelea quelea). BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Corine Eising.

Stephenson, J. 2007. What is the big deal?, an assessment of the relative importance of body mass in the cooperatively breeding pied babbler. BSc Honours Project, University of Cape Town. Supervisor: Mandy Ridley.

*Supervised by FitzPatrick Institute staff and researchers