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.

Differentiating the dietary niche of fish and aquatic frogs

Differentiating the dietary niche of fish and aquatic frogs

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. In general, these frogs are absent when fish are present, and vice versa. The Sundays River valley provides a natural situation where impoundments are regularly inhabited by fish or frogs, but rarely both. In this project, the student will sample frogs, fish and available macroinvertebrates within a SAIAB team about one hour from campus. The student will compare stomach contents using a dissecting microscope and determine the level of niche overlap between competing species. This project will suit a student who is interested in ecological functioning and has ambition to publish their work. This project is eligible for a bursary from the DST-NRF Chair in Shallow Water Ecosystems (Prof Renzo Perissinotto).


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.