Lab Alumni

 

Dr. Madeleine Barton – Postdoctoral Researcher

Project title: Predicting how agricultural insect pests in South Africa will respond to climate change.


Dr. Welma Pieterse – Phd

Project title: Forecasting the invasion potential of bactrocera invadens in the Western Cape of South Africa using a trait-based approach.


Dr. Berlize Groenewald – Phd (Co-supervisor: Prof. Steven Chown)

Project title: Testing current hypotheses of Discontinuous Gas Exchange in Orthoptera


Dr. Minette Karsten – Phd (Supervisor: Dr P. Addison)

Project title: Fruit fly pest management and gene flow in South Africa


Dr. Elsje Kleynhans – Phd (supervisor: Prof. D. Conlong)

Project title: Understanding population dynamics of Eldana in sugarcane from a thermal ecology perspective.


Dr. Matt Hill – Phd

Project title: Insect niche shifts and global invasions


Dr. Leigh Boardman – Phd

Project title: Biochemical and physiological responses of False Codling Moth to temperature and artificial atmospheres


Dr. Kate Mitchell – Phd

Project title – Thermal adaptation and transcriptional responses in tephritid fruit flies.


Dr. Bev Grieshaber – Phd

Project title – Modelling discontinuous gas exchange in insects.


Nevill Boersma – Masters student

Project title: Thermal response to cold tolerance, fecundity, longevity and flying ability of false codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).


Marcé Doubell – Masters student

 Project title: Investigating the biology and ecology of katydid (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) pests in vineyards of the Western Cape, South Africa.


Sinead O’Toole – Masters student

Project title: Testing metabolic cold adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster along a latitudinal gradient in Australia


Frank Chidawanyika -Masters student

Project title: Costs and benefits of thermal acclimation for codling moth


Nanike Esterhuizen – Masters student (co-supervisors: Dr S. Clusella-Trullas & Dr C. van Daalen)

Project title: Impact of thermal history on flight performance of Mediterannean fruit flies (Tephritidae)


Zoe de Jager  – Masters student (Primary supervisor: Dr  P. Addison)

Project title: Revisiting diapause in False Codling Moth


Ruben Schoombie – Masters student (Co-supervisors: Dr S. Clusella-Trullas)

Project title: Potential impacts of climate change on Breviceps rain frogs


Rebecca Shinner –  Masters student (Supervisor: Dr S. Clusella-Trullas)

Project title: Thermal responses and thermoregulation in Harmonia axyridis


Wilmari Uys – Masters student (Co-supervisors: Dr Leigh Boardman & Dr. Kate Mitchell)

Project title: Thermal limits of False Codling Moth


Vernon Steyn  – Masters student (Co-supervisors: Dr Kate Mitchell)

Project title: Dispersal and flight physiology of Mediterranean fruit flies


Matt Lachenicht – Honours Student

Project title: Thermal acclimation effects on locomotor performance and respiratory metabolism in crickets


Helene Basson – Honours Student

Project title: Tsetse fly metabolic responses to hypoxia and temperature


Paige Potter – Honours student

Project title: Discontinuous gas exchange in Table Mountain Cockroaches


Dr. Casper Nyamukondiwa

Project title: Fruit fly (Tephritidae) thermal biology: implications for pest management