We welcome enquiries about studying reptiles and amphibians from academics of all levels. This page serves to inform you of exciting prospective projects and funding opportunities. We have a wide range of projects using reptiles or amphibians as the subjects of study in Invasion, Evolution and Conservation. If you have any ideas, we'd like to hear from you, so get in touch.

Exploring the Dispersal Patterns of Domestic Exotic: Xenopus laevis

Exploring the Dispersal Patterns of Domestic Exotic: Xenopuslaevis

The African Clawed Frog, Xenopuslaevis, is one of the world's most widely distributed amphibians with invasive populations having become established on four continents due to both accidental escape and voluntary release of laboratory animals. Xenopuslaevis has been implicated in the global transmission of disease includingchytridiomycosis, a disease cited as one of the principal causes for the global decline in amphibians. The focus of this project is to use genetics to determine the dispersal of naturally occurring populations of X. laevis in the Sunday's River Valley. The student will work with a SAIAB team to sample populations one hour from campus. Genetic studies will then take place in the new R2 million Zoology Genetics Lab. This project will suit a student who has good laboratory skills and wishes to obtain experience with genetics. This project is eligible for a bursary from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasive Biology. Bursary applications are expected to open ijthe 4th quarter of 2014 for a January 2015 start (visit http://academic.sun.ac.za/cib). 


Project Info

  • Date | 13/05/2015
  • Category | Honours Projects

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Funding Opportunities

NRF Freestanding Bursaries - South African Students only. Call usually closes in August each year. Visit the NRF website for more information. The South African NRF does hold some opportunities for collaborative funding.

Claude Leon Foundation - This foundation funds both South African and foreign postdoctoral scientists, who should increase the volume and quantity of research output, transfer technical skills and generally enhance the research culture.

The Royal Society in the UK

Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowships

Or you could consider crowdfunding your own project...

Most of the funding for visiting academics will be from the visitor's own country. You should contact your research council and ask for South African bilateral funding possibilities.