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.

Robyn Hetem (PhD)
robyn.hetem@wits.ac.za

Robyn is a Researcher in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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 and Head of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vinicius Fonseca (PhD)
vinicius.fonseca@wits.ac.za

Vinicius studied heat exchange in livestock for his PhD at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Vinicius will be extending his skills for making remote phsyiological measurements using biologging techology.

Technical staff & NRF interns

Tapiwa Chinaka
tapiwa.chinaka@wits.ac.za

Tapiwa is a senior technician in the group.

Valery Phakoago
valery.phakoago@wits.ac.za

Valery is an NRF intern.

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: Effects of size, social status and age on body temperature regulation: a comparison of free-living chacma baboons and vervet monkeys.

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.

Wendy Panaino
wpanaino@gmail.com

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

Carmen Roberts
carmen.roberts@yahoo.com

MSc candidate: Effect of lactation on body temperatures of free-living vervet monkeys.

Gareth Zeiler
gareth.zeiler@up.ac.za

PhD candidate: Physiological effects of rapid intravenous infusion of fluids for the treatment of hypovolaemic hypotension in anaesthetised cats.

Recent alumni

Peter Buss

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

Shaun D’Araujo

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

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.

Stephanie de Lange

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

Anna Haw

MBA candidate, Stanford University, USA
PhD (2016): Reduction of respiratory depression during chemical immobilization of herbivores.

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)

Maartin Strauss

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

Nora Weyer

Project Officer, International Panel for Climate Change, Germany
PhD (2018): Physiological plasticity of free-living aardvark (Orycteropus afer) during changes in climate and resource availability.