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Our team

Low de Vries

Director

PhD: Zoology

Pr. Sci. Nat. Zoological Science

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Low de Vries obtained a PhD in Zoology in 2014, after which he spent a year on Marion Island as a field assistant. Since then he has done two Postdoctoral fellowships, one at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and one in the Centre for Viral Zoonoses at the University of Pretoria. During his second Postdoc, he lead field projects to sites in South Africa and was part of an expedition to Mozambique. All these projects were focused on bats, and the pathogens these animals carry. His focus was, however, on the ecology of bats.

He has a wide range of experience, and have been involved on projects on birds, reptiles and small and large mammals. He has experience in the capturing of birds and small mammals

Tlaishego Nkoana

Education specialist

MSc: Wildlife Management

Tlaishego Nkoana is an aspiring ecologist. He holds a BSc Honor’s degree in Zoology obtained from the University of Johannesburg in 2015. Currently (2019), Mr Nkoana is completing his MSc in Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria. Mr Nkoana’s main interests are in ecology and environmental education. In the field, he is excellent at trapping, handling and identifying small mammals. He is a skilled public speaker and is forever working on improving his scientific writing.  Mr Nkoana says: “My loud laugh, curiosity and willingness to learn are my greatest attributes and they make me a valuable member of any team”. He is strong-willed and has a ‘never giving up’ attitude in everything he sets his mind to.

Colyn Grobler

Technician

MSc: Medical Virology

Colyn Grobler is a young and enthusiastic scientist specialising in pathogen research in bat and small mammal populations. He obtained a BSc Honour’s and MSc from the University of Pretoria. He is currently completing his PhD in Medical Virology at the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, specifically working with fruit bats and the pathogens they carry. During his studies he has obtained extensive experience in the trapping, handling and identification of bat species, while also leading field projects to specific sites in South Africa. Although he specialises in the pathogens associated with bats, he is passionate about bat biology, ecology and the conservation of bat species. Colyn is a determined and focused individual that will not shy away from hard work and will ensure the task at hand is completed.