Conservation Ecology
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Conservation Parasitology

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Research on the diversity, ecology, systematics and phylogeography of parasites associated with rodent species. The current research programme focusses on various aspects related to the parasites that are found in and on the striped mouse, Rhabdomys pumilio. Projects include: 1) the effect of  habitat transformation (agriculture, urban developments and climate change) on the natural parasite diversity and species composition, 2) co-evolution  between R. pumilio and several macroparasites, and 3) the establishement of baseline data on the infection rate of microparasites in a broad niche rodent species.

Contact: Dr Sonja Matthee (smatthee@sun.ac.za)