Time spent at UNICAMP with the Toledo Lab

23 May 2018

Last stop in Brazil is UNICAMP

This week, I'm visiting the lab of Prof. Felipe Toledo: LaHNAB at the University of Campinas, UNICAMP.

I was invited to give a talk in their Bioforum series

Thanks to Raquel Salla for this image.

I even got certificated!

It's been great fun to meet all of his students and postdocs who've really looked after me well in true Brazilian fashion.

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Talk on invasions at UFRGS

11 May 2018

A talk to the Department of Zoology at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil

It was a pleasure to address an enthusiastic group of zoologists in their weekly seminar slot. My host, Prof Marcio Borges-Martins, was a post doc at PUCRS when I worked there in 2001. Now he runs a herpetology group at the university with lots of exciting projects. I think my presentation may have just tipped over the hour long allocated slot, but thanks to you all for sticking with it!

Talking to a bunch of Brazilians about South African amphibian diversity is tough, but I hope I convinced them that there's lots of interesting stuff going on at the CIB in Stellenbosch University.

Title: "South African frogs: invaders and invaded."

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Honours students present at Cape Herp Club

02 May 2018

Presentations of Honours Proposals

The honours students present their proposals in a compressed 5 minute format to members of the Cape Herp Club. Meeting since 2004, the Cape Herp Club comprises all academics and students who work on herps in the Cape Town area. 

Speaker 1:  Carla Wagener
Talk title: :  Linking thermal threshold with widely distributed populations of African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) over different altitudes
Speaker 2: Damian Van Aswegen
Talk title:  A global assessment of invasive snake impacts using two formal frameworks
Speaker 3: Reesher Kearns
Talk title:  Assessing the change in calling densities of the Cape Peninsula moss frog (Arthroleptella lightfooti) amidst Cape Town’s ongoing drought
After this, I gave a presentation on the MeaseyLab project: "What can YouTube teach us about why people want amphibians as pets?"
All talks were well received and with some great questions and debate. 
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Marike shows aSCR to the BES meeting in Ghent

19 December 2017

Showing aSCR to the BES

Marike Louw spent her prize winning money (from the CIB ARM 2016) on attending the BES meeting in Ghent, Belgium. 

The meeting gave Marike a chance to display a poster on her MSc reseasrch, and meet people who were interested in the technique.

It was great to see the level of interest in aSCR is high, and the enthusiasm with which Marike explained the technique to the masses.

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Frogs go astro

16 November 2017

Meeting of astrophysics and frogs

It was great to meet up with physicists Ninan Sajeeth Philip (St. Thomas College) and Ashish Mahabal (CalTech). Although our 'big data' is not nearly as big as theirs, it'll be great to explore how our areas of research overlap. 

Looking forward to getting your great minds working on our little frog problems!

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