Lab Alumni

Amy Collop – Masters student

Project title: The population genetics of the harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, in South Africa

Nadia Viljoen – Masters student

Project title: Exploring combinations of insect growth regulators and entomopathogenic nematodes for integrated pest management of false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)

Dr Quentin Willot – Postdoctoral researcher

Project title: Deciphering abiotic stress tolerance pathways in both model and non model organisms.

Amy Liu – PhD

Project title: Strangers in a strange land: Key physiological innovations underpin radiation into hot, dry niches by the genus Seira (Collembola: Entomobryoidea).

Marion Javal – Postdoctoral Researcher

Project title: Investigating host shifts and biosecurity in a novel sugarcane pest, the longhorn beetle Cacosceles newmannii.

Chantelle Smit – Masters student

Project title: Metabolic responses and host plants of the novel sugarcane pest Cacosceles newmannii.

Davina Saccaggi – PhD

Project title: Mechanisms and determinants of transport and establishment of invasive terrestrial arthropods.

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.

Saskia ThomasMasters student

Project title: Pest Management and Risk Analyses of Future Pest Invasions of Sugarcane in Mazabuka, Zambia

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

Liana Isabel De Araujo – Laboratory Technician

Current Affiliation is XSIT (Citrusdal)