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Lisa’s broad interest in
conservation developed early on, growing up in Zimbabwe,
Botswana and Namibia, before moving to South Africa. She finds
the natural world endlessly fascinating and loves being
outdoors. Lisa obtained her BSc (Honours) in Zoology at UCT in
2005, before enrolling in the Conservation Biology Masters’
programme offered by the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, which she
completed in 2007.
During her studies, Lisa has worked on research projects
investigating small mammal taxonomy, avian taxonomy, Nile
crocodile population genetics and the floral and faunal
rehabilitation of mining areas in the Western Cape. Her MSc
thesis focussed on the systematics of five species of southern
African cisticolas based on morphological, molecular and
behavioural evidence. She has also been involved in climate
change research working at the South African National
Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and marine research at Marine and
Coastal Management (MCM, DEAT).
Lisa’s PhD is an investigation
into the breeding behaviour, movement patterns and population
genetic structuring in various threatened southern African
seabird species and is supervised by Assoc. Prof.
Peter Ryan (UCT, Fitztitute), Dr. Rauri
Bowie (UCLA, Berekey) and Dr. Jacqui Bishop (UCT, Zoology).
The project will involve quantifying levels of gene flow between
breeding populations of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus),
Cape Gannets (Morus capensis) and a number of Cormorant
species around the southern African coast. She will also be
using molecular techniques to investigate similar questions for
Penguin and Shag species breeding on selected sub Antarctic
Islands. This research combines her strong interests in
molecular biology and conservation biology with her enjoyment of
fieldwork and being outdoors, as well as her love for marine
Genetics and Evolutionary History of threatened, endemic
southern African Seabirds in the Benguela Current Upwelling
Ecosystem: Range-wide phylogeography, gene flow and population
genetics based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Rauri
Bowie (UCLA, Berkeley) and Jacqui Bishop (UCT, Zoology)).
Related Research Programmes
Systematics & Biogeography
Recent peer-reviewed publications
Ryan, P.G., Nupen, L., Rose, B. & Suleiman, A.S. 2010.
Geographic variation in Socotra Sparrows Passer insularis. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 130:75-82.
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