FBIP Doctoral Students: Vivienne Coetzee

FBIP Doctoral Students: Vivienne Coetzee

Vivienne is 26 years old and is very passionate about conservation. Discovering novel methods that can be used to assist managers and policy makers to protect our oceans and wildlife has been the driving force behind her PhD – she would love to continue in this...
Flapping in arid air: South Africa’s Karoo butterflies

Flapping in arid air: South Africa’s Karoo butterflies

By Shahieda Davids The Karoo in South Africa boasts several natural and unknown wonders, one of which are its delicate and conspicuous butterflies. Across cultures the presence of butterflies has been associated with several meanings, some of it being perceived as...
FBIP Doctoral Students: Zwannda Nethavhani

FBIP Doctoral Students: Zwannda Nethavhani

Zwannda considers herself as a goal-orientated person, originally from Venda (Thohoyandou) in Limpopo Province. She was awarded BSc in Botany & Zoology and Honours in Zoology at the University of Venda, and pursued a Master’s degree in Zoology at the same...
WATCH: Forests – Exploring South Africa’s smallest biome

WATCH: Forests – Exploring South Africa’s smallest biome

Cape Town – Experts believe that range declines in mobile taxa like birds and bats might mean bad news for less mobile animals like land snails, shrews, and the like. Stellenbosch University’s Prof Mike Cherry led a team of researchers and students to...
FBIP Doctoral Students: Lucan Page

FBIP Doctoral Students: Lucan Page

Lucan has lived and grown up in a little beach town called Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town, his entire life. Getting to his current field of study has been a process. He started his studies in human biology where he majored in Genetics and Human Physiology, he then did...
Emerging tick-borne pathogen identified in Mpumalanga

Emerging tick-borne pathogen identified in Mpumalanga

Cape Town – Residents of rural communities in South Africa face a barrage of problems from high poverty rates, low access to clean drinking water, a high burden of chronic disease, inadequate access to quality health care, poor transportation, a dependence on...
FBIP Doctoral Students: Sbongiseni Xolo

FBIP Doctoral Students: Sbongiseni Xolo

Sbongiseni is an innovative ecologist with a sound scientific philosophy who believes that his qualifications, dedication and dynamic personality will take him a step closer to his desired career pathway. He has developed a strong interest in the interaction between...
FBIP Doctoral Students: Brian du Preez

FBIP Doctoral Students: Brian du Preez

Career ambitions: Cape legume systematist and botanical explorer Brian reigns from George in the Western Cape where he started off studying for a BTech in Nature Conservation. He recalls always having an interest in plants, but his passion grew when a botany lecturer...