Background

I completed my undergraduate degree in 2006, my BSc (Hons) in 2007 and my MSc in 2012, at the University of Pretoria, looking at different aspects (spatial congruency with threats and long-term conservation) of amphibians in southern Africa.

Current research

River frog

River frog

My current project seeks to assess the effects of climate change on the amphibian functional groups in southern Africa, using Species Distribution Models (SDMs). Amphibians represent the most diverse vertebrate group with regards to their breeding modes. Due to this wide range of life history traits, it is unlikely that all amphibians will have a single response to any given climatic scenario. The aim of this study is to synergise data from multiple lines of evidence (physiology, performance, morphology and behaviour) and incorporate these into SDMs to aid in accurately predicting the responses of southern African amphibians to climate change. The goal of this project is to produce a suite of mechanistic models that will aid in making more reliable predictions on how southern African amphibian communities will shift in response to climate change.

Publication

Raucous toad

Raucous toad