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BSc (Hons) (University of Stellenbosch)
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I started my BSc in
Biodiversity and Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch in 2006 and
went on to complete my Honours in Zoology in 2009. For my Honours’
project I studied the growth forms of the Subantarctic cushion plant
Azorella selago on Marion Island using molecular techniques.
During my month-long
stay on Marion Island in 2009, I was intrigued by the astonishing bird
life and vowed to return to the island to work with them. I applied for
the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute field assistant position to continue the
monitoring of albatrosses and petrels, and returned to the cold and
windy island to overwinter for the 67th expedition from 2010 to 2011.
My opportunity to
stay on Marion Island was used to collect data for my MSc project on the
Subantarctic skuas Catharacta antarctica lönnbergi, to see
whether their breeding population on the island has recovered after the
invasive cat eradication. My project on these notoriously feisty birds
required me to monitor nests for breeding success and diet, and most
importantly; swiftly duck the dive bombs of angry parents.
The population status
of the Subantarctic Skua Catharacta antarctica lönnbergi two
decades after the Feral Cat Felis catus eradication on Marion
Prof. P. Ryan).
Recent peer-reviewed publications
Cerfonteyn M.E., Le Roux
P.C., Jansen van Vuuren B., Born C. 2011 Cryptic spatial aggregation of
the cushion plant Azorella selago (Apiaceae) revealed by a
multilocus molecular approach suggests frequent intraspecific
faciliation under sub-Antarctic conditions. American Journal of
Botany 98:909-914. doi:10.3732/ajb.1000460.
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