Biogeography research in Durban, South Africa

The current team:

Şerban Procheş

Şerban's research; Şerban's sightings; Other stuff

Contact Şerban: setapionatgmaildotcom


Evert Kasiringua
PhD student (co-supervised by Prof. Gregory Kopij 
at University of Namibia)
Evert is a lecturer at University of Namibia, and his PhD project is looking at ungulates in Namibia's Waterberrg. Contact Evert: avrilkasiatgmaildotcom

Lindani Mavimbela
PhD student
(co-supervised with Dr Erwin Sieben at UKZN Geography)

Lindani is looking at spatial patterns in alien plants in Durban forest patches.
Contact Lindani: vimbi28atgmaildotcom

Sandrini Moodley
MSc student 
(co-supervised by Dr Syd Ramdhani in UKZN Life Sciences) 

Sandrini is looking at global beetle biogeography
Contact Sandrini: sanzidotsongbirdatgmaildotcom

Nasiphi Ntshanga
PhD student
 (co-supervised by Dr Jasper Slingsby at SAEON)

Nasiphi is considering anthropogenic impacts in Western Cape biotic communities.
Contact Nasiphi: nasiphidotntshangaatgmaildotcom


Ashlyn Padayachee
PhD student (co-supervised by Prof. Mathieu Rouget at CIRAD
 and Prof. John Wilson at SANBI)
Ashlyn is funded by SANBI to look at urban invasions in the eThekwini Municipality.
Contact Ashlyn: ashlyndotlevadiaatgmaildotcom 


Former team members:

Sanjay Gairola (postdoc, UKZN) - currently  a researcher with the Sharjah Academy of Sciences, UAE
Steffen Heelemann (Diplom = MSc at University of Rostock; co-supervised with Profs. Richard Cowling and Stefan Porembski) - currently an environmental consultant in Germany
Rebecca Joubert (MSc, UKZN; co-supervised with Prof. Fred Ellery) - currently PhD student at Rhodes University
Nasreen Khan (MSc, UKZN; cosupervised by Drs. Sanil Singh and Linda Bester) - currently on Marion Island in the Subantarctic!!
Nikara Mahadeo (MSc, UKZN, co-supervised with Dr. Syd Ramdhani) - currently a strategy manager for Wildlands, based in Hilton, KZN
Desika Moodley - PhD student (PhD, UKZN, co-supervised by Prof. John Wilson at SANBI) - currently working for SANBI at the Kirstenbosch centre
Youkita Naidoo (MCom, UKZN, co-supervised with Dr. Muhammad Hoque) - currently a research analyst with A1 Capital
Joshua Olowoyo (postdoc, UKZN) - currently lecturer at the University of Limpopo
Sandun Perera (PhD, then postdoc, UKZN) - currently senior lecturer at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
Sarisha Perumal (MSc, UKZN) - currently an environmental consultant at uMoya-Nilu, Durban
Syd Ramdhani (postdoc, UKZN) - currently lecturer in Life Sciences at UKZN
David Styles (MSc, UKZN) - currently a consultant in Durban and editor of the Plant Life magazine 


Moods of the Westville Campus 

                  Royal Society 2016 shortlisted photos - click on link

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Croc River (Mpumalanga)


Rain in the Transkei (Eastern Cape)


Mud in the Transkei (Eastern Cape)


Archeology lesson at
Nelson Bay Cave, Western Cape
(with Richard Cowling)

Braai in Maputaland (KwaZulu-Natal)
 Sandun Perera
and the bushbabies
(Isinkwe, KwaZulu-Natal)

Mcebiseni Bhengu measuring 
an Ochna trunk  (cold bark!!)
at Nkandla (KwaZulu-Natal)

Southeast Asia


Water lilies in the gutter at Sungai Liang, Brunei
Pine meets gum halfway between their indigenous ranges after eruption on Gunung Batur, Bali

Pentaphragma at Bukit Timah, Singapore 

Dai village market, Xishuangbanna

 Sunset over Pulau Manukan, just out of Kota Kinabalu

 Orthopteran stairway to the stars, Bukit Timah, Singapore

Orderly herbivory, Kota Batu, Brunei

Wading across the tidal flats, Lembongan, Bali

Now that's what I call an epiphytic orchid (Pulau Bedukang, Brunei)

Hati hati! Inauguration of a Varuna temple on Lembongan, Bali
Don't mess with the stag beetles on Gunung Kinabalu!
Fern chaos, like it should be.
Tasek Lama, Brunei

Tacca, Bukit Timah, Singapore


Bugs of the Mekong valley - Annual General Meeting

Panuba Dua, Pulau Tioman 

Watch out for saltwater crocs! 

A jolly good field work day on Pulau Bedukang, Brunei