Tshifhiwa G. Mandiwana-Neudani

Senior Lecturer in Biological Systematics, University of Limpopo

Research Interests
My main research interests is in systematics of birds, in particular sorting out taxonomic issues, investigating their evolutionary relationships and understand historical biogeography. In addition, I focus on understanding the association of avian vocalization, syringeal morphology and anatomy and phylogenetic signal.

Publications:
Papers:
CROWE, T.M., BOWIE, R.C.K., BLOOMER, P., MANDIWANA, T.G., HEDDERSON, T.A.J., RANDI, E., PEREIRA, S.L. & WAKELING, J. 2006. Phylogenetics, biogeography and classification of, and character evolution in, gamebirds (Aves: Galliformes): effects of character exclusion, data partitioning and missing data. Cladistics 22 (6): 1-38.
MANDIWANA-NEUDANI, T.G, KOPUCHIAN, C., LOUW, G., CROWE, T.M. 2011. A study of gross morphological and histological syringeal features of true francolins (Galliformes: Francolinus, Scleroptila, Peliperdix and Dendroperdix spp.) and spurfowls (Pternistis spp.) in a phylogenetic context. Ostrich 82 (2): 115-127.
COHEN, C., WAKELING, J.L., MANDIWANA-NEUDANI, T.G., SANDE, E., DRANZOA, C., CROWE, T.M. & BOWIE, R.C.K. 2012. Phylogenetic affinities of evolutionarily enigmatic African galliforms: the Stone Partridge Ptilopachus petrosus and Nahan’s Francolin Francolinus nahani, and support for their sister relationship with New World quails. Ibis 154: 768-780.

Book:

Cited as:
MANDIWANA, T.G. 2003. Taxonomy, phylogenetics and biogeographical relationships of African grassland francolins (Genus: Scleroptila). Pp. 67-68. In: Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. 2005 (Hockey, P.A.R., Dean, W.R.J. & Ryan, P.G., eds.). Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.
Published conference abstract:
MANDIWANA, T.G. & CROWE T.M. 2004. Taxonomy, phylogenetics and biogeographical relationships of African grassland francolins (Genus: Scleroptila). In Stevenson, D. Wm. Abstracts of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society. Cladistics 20 (1): 76-100.
Technical Reports:

2005: The Transvaal Museum (currently Ditsong Natural History Museum) Final report on
the diversity of vertebrates and invertebrates fauna at Tswaing Meteorite Crater.
MANDIWANA, T.G.
Title of final report: Investigating the diversity of vertebrate (small mammals) and
invertebrate fauna at Tswaing Meteorite Crater

2011: NRF Final report on the Natural History Collections in South Africa. HAMER, M., RAATH, M., ROURKE, J., OLIVER, T., MANDIWANA-NEUDANI, T., MWALE, M., BARTELS, P. & MARASAS, W.
Title of final report: Collecting now to preserve the Future.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Biological Systematics, University of Limpopo

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Cape Town, Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Role:
    Senior Lecturer in Biological Systematics
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation