PhD candidate Centre of excellence for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University

I am a South African born researcher. My research interests include the ecology, evolution, biology, and parasitology of invasive species. After majoring in Botany and Zoology at the North-West University I discovered a love for Invasion Biology and amphibians in my postgraduate endeavours. I am currently pursuing my lifelong dream of completing a co-tutelle PhD degree (joint degree) between Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France).

During the course of my postgraduate studies, I have honed and developed certain skills that empowered me to pursue a PhD in STEM.

My project aims to study the important yet often neglected, vulnerable larval stages of invasive species (in this case amphibians). These young life stages can play an important role in the invasion success of the introduced species. By studying them we can explore new methods of mitigating, and controlling the effects of invasive species on native, and possibly endangered species.

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    PhD candidate Centre of excellence for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University