RESEARCH TEAM

  • Cang Hui; Professor; Group Head; Mathematical and Theoretical Ecology
  • Vanessa du Plessis; Administrator; Tel: +27-21-808-4907; E-mail:vdp@sun.ac.za
  • Genevieve Diedericks; Postdoctoral Fellow; Genetic and Phylogenetic Turnover
  • Pietro Landi; Postdoctoral Fellow; Adaptive Dynamics and Diversification
  • Guillaume Latombe; Postdoctoral Fellow; Community Assembly Patterns and Processes
  • Henintsoa Onivola Minoarivelo; Postdoctoral Fellow; Coevolution in Mutualistic Networks
  • Olugbenga O. Oluwagbemi; Postdoctoral Fellow; Epidemiological Modelling
  • James G. Rodger; Postdoctoral Fellow; Allee Effects from Pollen Competition
  • Wolf-Christian Saul; Postdoctoral Fellow; Seed Dispersal Networks of Myrmecochory
  • Mario Mairal; Postdoctoral Fellow (*); Functional Biogeography of the Antarctic

-Postgraduates- (*: co-supervised)

  • Chinenye A. Nnakenyi, PhD student; Island biogeography of mutualistic networks
  • Ingrid Minnaar, PhD student (*); Adaptive plasticity of invasive ladybirds
  • Benjamin du Toit, PhD student; Spatial maximum entropy theory of communities
  • Vitalis K. Lagat, PhD student; Multi-species co-occurrence metrics and patterns 
  • Luthando Mayekiso, PhD student; Fish stock assessment with Big Data informatics
  • Jan-Hendrik Keet, PhD student (*); Below- and above-ground mutualistic networks of invasive legumes
  • Marcela P.A. Espinaze Pardo, PhD student (*); Parasite load on African penguins
  • David Phair, PhD student (*); Herd immunity in social ants
  • Chavoux Luyt, PhD student (*); Mitigating conflicts between conservation and farming
  • A. Lawal Suleiman, PhD student; On modelling natural branching phenomena
  • Gassan A.M.O. Farah, PhD student; Niche partitioning during adaptive diversification
  • Kathleen A. Green, PhD student (*); Multilevel modelling of human glucose metabolism
  • Luisa S. Morais, MSc student (*); Acoustic dialects of invasive starlings
  • Gilbert K. Langat, MSc student; Adaptive interaction switching in competitive communities
  • Karimatou Djenabou, MSc student; Optimal foraging and prey switching
  • Josephine N.A. Tetteh, MSc student; Energy consumption during avian flight
  • Asmaa Tbaeen, MSc student; Effects of stochasticity on persistence and coexistence
  • Tremaine Robertson, MSc student; Modelling spread with integrodifference equations
  • Mmatlou S. Kubyana, MSc student; Spatial modelling of tri-trophic interactions
  • Handre Janse van Vuuren, Honours student; Trait diversification in metapopulations
  • Thandiwe P. Njepe, Honours student; Scaling up metapopulation dynamics 

COLLABORATIONS

  • Dave Richardson, Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch
  • Anton Pauw, Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch
  • Helen de Klerk, Geography & Environmental Modelling, Stellenbosch
  • Susana Clusella-Trullas, Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch
  • Theresa Wossler, Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch
  • Sophie von der Heyden, Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch
  • John Terblanche, Physiology & Entomology, Stellenbosch
  • Alison Leslie, Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch
  • Hardus Diedericks, Applied Mathematics, Stellenbosch
  • Jacky Snoep, Biochemistry Modelling, Stellenbosch
  • Allen Ellis, Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch 
  • Olaf Weyl, SAIAB (Freshwater Biology)
  • John Wilson, SANBI (Plant Invasion & Managment)
  • Farai Nyabadza, Epidemiological Modelling, Johannesburg
  • Linke Potgieter, Biocontrol Modelling, Stellenbosch
  • Melodie McGeoch, Monash University, Australia
  • Jaco le Roux, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Ulf Dieckmann, Ecology & Evolution Program, IIASA, Austria
  • Åke Brännström, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Luz Boyero, University of the Basque Country, Spain
  • Karl Evans, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Núria Roura-Pascual, Universitat de Girona, Spain
  • Joe Miller, CSIRO, Australia
  • Lluís Brotons, CTFC, Spain
  • Jessica Gurevitch, NY Stony Brook University, USA
  • Gordon Fox, University of South Flordia, USA
  • Dongxia Yue, Lanzhou University, China
  • Feng Ge, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Jingjing Liang, Purdue University, USA
  • Mirijam Gaertner, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt, Germany
  • Bill Kunin, University of Leeds, UK
  • Stefan Lötters, Trier University, Germany
  • Peter Verburg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Astrid van Teeffelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ALUMINI

  • Sandra MacFadyen, PhD; Landscape heterogeneity of Kruger National Park
  • Savannah Nuwagaba, PhD; Adaptive antagonistic ecological networks
  • Antoine Bahizi, PhD student |; Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis and the 4th corner problem
  • Christopher Bosc, PhD; Herbivory and pollination networks
  • Mozzamil Mohammed, MSc; Current: YSSP, IIASA, Austria
  • Frieda Geldenhuys, MSc; Current: PhD study, CSIR/UCT
  • Nozi Mbongwa, MSc student; Phylogenetic diversity and species richness
  • Jeremy Bingham, Honours; The evolution of cooperation
  • Delene Bezuidenhout, Honours; Spread of non-native amphipods
  • Larisse Bolton, PhD (UFS); Current: Postdoc at SACEMA
  • Chris Broeckhoven, Postdoc; Current: University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Fatumah Atuhaire, MSc student; PhD study, University of Southampton, UK
  • Steve Cygu, MSc student; Current: Statistician, Verity Data Center
  • Jessica Toms, MSc student; Current: Field Assistant, Namibia Dolphin Project
  • Curtis J. Bailey, MSc student; Current: Researcher, Stellenbosch University
  • Heléne Delport (van Schalkwyk), MSc student; Current: Data Scientist, STAR Group
  • Irene Kyomugisha, MSc student; Modelling cancer HIV interactions
  • Casey Brooms, MSc student; Current: PhD study at SAIAB
  • Pietier Botha, MSc student; Current: C4 EcoSolutions
  • Mihaja Ramanantoanina, Postdoc; Current: MathSci, UWC
  • Gebretsadkan Teklu Gebreyohannes, Structured MSc; Current: Lecturer, Aksum University, Ethiopia
  • Beverley Grieshaber, Postdoc; Current: CERECAM, UCT
  • Evans Ochiago, MSc; Occupancy and diversity scaling
  • John B.H. Njagarah, Postdoc; Current: Lecturer, Botswana International University of Science & Technology
  • Elani Steenkamp, MSc; Current: Inspector, Cape of Good Hope, SPCA
  • James Wilsenach, Honours; Current: PhD study, Oxford University, UK
  • Inge Marx, Honours; Dietary niche partitioning in invasive fish
  • Phathu Netshabumu, MSc; Current: Administrator, Nedbank, Johannesburg
  • Belthasara Assan, MSc; Modelling waterbug transmitted disease
  • Siphokazi Princess Gatyeni, MSc; Modelling drug addiction dynamics; Current: Zimele Technologies
  • Feng Zhang, Postdoc; Current: A/Professor & Director, Center for Quantitative Biology, Gansu Agricutlural University, China
  • Maria Schelling, Internship; R package modMax for calculating network modularity
  • Ben Weighill, Honours; Recent experience driven foraging
  • Alisa Volkmann, 4th yr; Current: Education Facilitator, Plant the Seed Education
  • Denise Mager, Postdoc; Current: CEO, Cherrybush Consultants, Cape Town
  • Marinel Willemse (Janse van Rensburg), Honours & MSc; Current: Research Scientist, Oceanographic Research Institute, Durban
  • Msimelelo Sogoni, MSc; Paradox of enrichment; UWC 
  • Darragh Woodford, Postdoc; Current: Lecturer, Witwatersrand University
  • Cecile Berthouly-Salazar, Postdoc; Current: Researcher, Institute for Research and Development (IRD), Montpellier, France
  • Martin van der Merwe, Honours & MSc; Games on networks
  • Rendani Mulaudzi, Honours; Current: Java Developer, FNB, Johannesburg
  • Nthatheni Norman Nelufule, MSc (1 yr); Current: PhD study, Chiba University, Japan
  • Hlupheka Evans Chauke, Honours; Current: SQL Server Developer, SARS 
  • Linke Potgieter, Honours; Current: Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University