People

Staff

Andrea Fuller (PhD)
andrea.fuller@wits.ac.za

Andrea is director of the research group and a Professor in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and an Extraordinary Lecturer in the Department of Paraclinical Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

Leith Meyer (BVSc, PhD)
leith.meyerm@up.ac.za

Leith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paraclinical Sciences at the University of Pretoria, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Shane Maloney (PhD)
shane.maloney@uwa.edu.au

Shane is a Professor of Physiology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia, Australia, and an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Anna Haw
annahaw@gmail.com

Wildlife veterinarian at the Smithsonian Glabal Health Program, Kenya, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand

Vinicius Fonseca (PhD)
vinicius_fonseca86@hotmail.com

Vini is a Visiting Professor at Paraiba Universidade Federal, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand

Richard McFarland (PhD)
richard.mcfarland@wisc.edu

Richard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Duncan Mitchell (PhD, DSc)
duncan.mitchell@wits.ac.za

Duncan is Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia.

Benjamin Rey (PhD)
benjamin.rey@univ-lyon1.fr

Benjamin is a Research Assistant at the Biometry and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory at the University of Lyon, in France, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Edward Snelling (PhD)
edward.snelling@up.ac.za

Edward (Ned) is a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Postdoctoral fellows

Tanja van de Ven (PhD)
tanja.vandeven@wits.ac.za

Tanja studied the responses of birds to heat during her PhD at the University of Cape Town, under the supervision of Susie Cunningham and Andrew McKechnie. Having lived in the Kalahari for much of that time, she extends her interests now to understand how mammals in hot, arid environments will cope with climate change.

Keafon Jumbam (PhD)
2014001842@ufs4life.ac.za

Keafon is originally from Cameroon, but has spent many years studying in South Africa. Her research interests range from the thermal tolerances of insects to the diet of bat-eared foxes. For her postdoctoral fellowship she will investigate how wild dogs are responding to climate change, working in collaboration with a big international team.

Technical staff & NRF interns

Tapiwa Chinaka
tapiwa.chinaka@wits.ac.za

Tapiwa is a senior technician in the group.

Zipho Zwane
zipho.zwane@wits.ac.za

Zipho is a technician in the group.

Postgraduate students

Arista Botha
arista.vanstaden@wits.ac.za

Associate research officer and PhD candidate: Body temperature patterns as an indication of nutritional well-being in ungulates.

Jessica Briner
jessbriner@gmail.com

PhD candidate: The effect of environmental change on core body temperature patterns in a free-living arid-zone bird, the white-browed sparrow-weaver.

Ashleigh Donaldson
acdonaldson@gmail.com

PhD candidate: Thermoregulation and water conservation mechanisms in the African lion.

Kiara Haylock
kiara.haylock1@gmail.com

PhD candidate: Flexibility of body temperature and behaviour in sable antelope.

Zach Mills
2068817@students.wits.ac.za

MSc candidate: Body temeprature and activity patterns in free-living hyaenas.

Tilly Molete
mahlatsemolete@gmail.com

MSc candidate: Nutritional ecology and behavioural patterns of bat-eared foxes.

Wendy Panaino
wpanaino@gmail.com

PhD candidate: Body temperature, diet and activity of free-living ground pangolins (Smutsia temminckii) in a semi-arid environment.

Valery Phakoago
valery.phakoago@wits.ac.za

PhD candidate: Physiological performance and space use of dispersing juvenile ground pangolins.

Recent alumni

Peter Buss

Veterinary Senior Manager, South African National Parks
PhD (2017): Understanding the physiological basis for managing anaesthetic related hypoxia in wildlife.

Melinda Boyers

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
PhD (2018): A comparative study of movement and thermoregulatory responses of blue wildebeest and gemsbok to aridity.

Shaun D’Araujo

Guide, Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
MSc (2016): The relationship between body and environmental temperatures in savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana).

Stephanie de Lange

Park Warden, Gondwana Collection, Namibia
MSc (2016): Tremors in white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) during chemical immobilisation.

Hilary Lease

Lecturer, University of Arizona, USA
Postdoctoral fellow (2014)

Michael Mole

Research Assistant, University of Pretoria, South Africa
MSc (2016): Behavioural thermoregulation in free-ranging savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana).

Davison Moyo

PhD (2017): Thermoregulation, febrile responses and intestinal fluid secretion of local pigs: responses that could buffer effects of climate change.

Ian Murray

Conservation Biologist, Arizona, USA
Postdoctoral fellow (2015)

Carmen Roberts

MSc (2019): Effect of lactation on body temperatures of free-living vervet monkeys.

Maartin Strauss

Senior Lecturer, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa
PhD (2017): Water conservation strategies of large African ungulates.

Nora Weyer

Associate Programme Officer, Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP - CMS), Germany
PhD (2018): Physiological flexibility of free-living aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) in response to environmental fluctuations.

Gareth Zeiler

Specialist Anaesthetist, Valley Farm Animal Hospital, Pretoria
PhD (2020): Physiological effects of rapid intravenous infusion of fluids for the treatment of hypovolaemic hypotension in anaesthetised cats.