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Doctoral theses

Kaliba, Potiphar. 2014. Faunal turnover between east and southern African terrestrial vertebrates: is Malawi the geographical break? (Supervisors: Rauri Bowie, Tim Crowe).

Krüger, Sonja. 2014. An investigation into the decline of the Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus in Southern Africa. (Supervisors: Arjun Amar, Rob Simmons).

Mandiwana-Neudani, Tshifhiwa. 2014. Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of francolins (‘Francolinus’ spp.) Aves: Order Galliformes, Family: Phasianidae. (Supervisors: Tim Crowe, Rauri Bowie).

Nupen, Lisa. 2014.  Comparative conservation genetics and evolutionary history of threatened, endemic southern African seabirds in the Benguela Current Upwelling Ecosystem: range-wide phylogeography, gene flow and population genetics based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Rauri Bowie, Jacqui Bishop).

Masters Theses

Botha, Philna. 2014. Testing the food-shortage hypothesis on the long-term population dynamics of the endangered Bank Cormorant. (Supervisors: Tim Cook, Richard Sherley, Les Underhill, Peter Ryan).

Heydinger, John. 2014. Cultural ecosystem services and the avifauna for the Western Cape: a social-ecological systems investigation. (Supervisor: Graeme Cumming)

Meyer, Corlia. 2014. Testing the influence of heat-stress on the breeding success of an endangered species: the Bank Cormorant (Supervisors: Tim Cook, Richard Sherley, Les Underhill, Peter Ryan).

Paijmans, Dane. 2014. Investigating the possible change in breeding strategy of African Black Oystercatchers (Supervisor: Peter Ryan, Phil Hockey).

Conservation Biology Masters mini-theses

Wesley Bell. 2014. Pheromonal responses of Dactylopius opuntiae males in cross pairings of two female biotypes. (Supervisor: John Hoffmann).

Jordan-Laine Calder. 2014. Understanding the permeability of an urban matrix to passerine movement between wetlands. (Supervisors: Graeme Cumming, Dieter Oschadleus).

Greg Campbell. 2014. Effects of temperature on gular fluttering and evaporative water loss in four sympatric cormorants in southern Africa. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Timothée Cook, Richard Sherley).

Nadia de Souza. 2014.  Host plant associations of two cochineal insect species, Dactylopuis ceylonicus and D. Opuntiae, on the invasive cactus species Opuntia monacantha, O. ficus indica and a possible hybrid cactus, in South Africa. (Supervisor: John Hoffmann).

Kirsten Gallaher. 2014.  The influence of rainfall seasonality and climate change on the demography of Aloe dichotoma, a long-lived succulent tree from semi-arid southern Africa. (Supervisors: Timm Hoffman, Sam Jack, Tony Rebelo).

Rukaya Johaadien. 2014.  Comparative breeding bioogy of the Northern Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes moseleyi on Gough and Nightingale Islands. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Antje Steinfurth).

Elliot Kinsey. 2014. Burning for birds: The response of bird communities to recent fire history in the Serengeti ecosystem. (Supervisors: William Bond, Colin Beale).

Zanne Labuschagne. 2014.  Movement patterns of African elephants (Loxodonta africana, Blumenbach) in a seasonally variable ecosystem in south-eastern Chad. (Supervisors: Graeme Cumming, David Cumming).

Philip Massie. 2014. A statistical investigation of the behavioural responses of a deep diving predator to mesoscale oceanographic features. (Supervisors: Isabelle Ansorge, Trevor Mcintyre, Peter Ryan).

Robyn Milne. 2014. Physiological tolerances of high temperatures in Fynbos birds: implications for climate change. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Susan Cunningham, Alan Lee, Ben Smit).

Frances Morling. 2014. Cape Town's cats: reassessing predation through kitty-cams.  (Supervisors: Rob Simmons, Justin O'Riain).

Phenias Sadondo. 2014. The influence of temperature on parental investment in Common Fiscal and consequences for nestling growth.  (Supervisors: Susan Cunningham, Rowan Martin, Peter Ryan).

Tabitha Stokes. 2014. An evaluation of game fences as a potential solution to human-baboon conflict around Table Mountain National Park. (Supervisors: Justin O'Riain, Arjun Amar, Carly Cowell)