Lab Members

B. Maritz

Dr Bryan Maritz

Principal Investigator, Senior Lecturer

R. Maritz

Dr Robin Maritz

Research Fellow

Analysing the trophic interactions of southern African snakes

J. Barends

Jody Barends

PhD student

Examination of the behaviour, ecology, and natural history of the rhombic egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra)

M. Arendse

Matthew Arendse

MSc student

Investigating the demographics of mole snake (Pseudsaspis cana) populations in the greater Cape Town area

I. Bassier

Ielhaam Bassier

MSc student

Examining brown house snake (Boaedon capensis) diet across southern Africa using museum specimens & social media

B. Cloete

Bryan Cloete

MSc student

Examining the impact of snake predator and prey abundance and diversity on snake community structure at Koeberg Nature Reserve

J. Gruel

Janine Gruel

MSc student

Examining correlates of predation on sociable weavers by Naja nivea and Dispholidus typus at Benfontein Nature Reserve

K. Scholtz

Kim Scholtz

MSc student

Using molecular methods to evaluate dietary overlap between two co-occuring snake species, Psammophis crucifer and Psammophylax rhombeatus

S. Tokota

Silindokuhle Tokota

MSc student

Quantifying niche partitioning between Psammophis crucifer and Psammophylax rhombeatus at Koeberg Nature Reserve

R. van Huyssteen

Ryan van Huyssteen

MA student

Investigating the community structure and biogeography of reptiles in the Soutpansberg region, Northern Limpopo


Ayesha Jones

Honours Student

Investigating the impact of a multi-year drought on snake body condition at Koeberg Nature Reserve

B. Smith

Byron Smith

Honours Student

Examination of movement patterns and homerange size of boomslang (Dispholidus typus) from Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

B.P. Dhlamini

Perfect Dhlamini

Research Assistant

Quantifying the intensity of snake persecution in South Africa using social media

Lab Alumni and Submitted Theses:

Aadam Rawoot (2019) BSc Honours. “Consumption of centipedes (Arthropoda: Chilopoda) by snakes: A review and case study of the black-headed centipede-eater (Aparallactus capensis).”
Ayesha Hargey (2019) BSc Honours. “A camera-trap survey investigating the use of pools by terrestrial mammals in the non-perennial Prins River system.”
Jody Barends (2019) MSc “Predicting reptile species distributions and biogeographic patterns within Kruger National Park.”
Matthew Arendse (2018) BSc Honours. “Exploring patterns of latitudinal body size variation: Do vipers exhibit evidence for Bergmann’s Rule?”
Adnaan Emandien (2018) BSc Honours. “Evolution and diversification of dietary preferences within the Viperidae.”
Luvuyo Kani (2018) BSc Honours. “A biogeographical analaysis of the distribution of snakes in southern Africa.”
Kim Scholtz (2018) BSc Honours. “Developing a molecular method to quantify the diet of the cross- marked whip snake, Psammophis crucifer.”
Juan-Jacques Forgus (2018) MSc “Functional diversity and redundancy in a terrestrial tetrapod community.”
Jody Taft (2018) MSc “Species delineation in the cape whip snake (Psammophis leightoni) group.”
Bryan Cloete (2017) BSc Honours. “The role of vegetation cover on the density and diversity of small mammals in the fynbos biome.”
Zhanelle Moosajie (2017) BSc Honours. “Are feeding guilds conserved in South African snake assemblages?”
Silindokuhle Tokota (2017) BSc Honours. “Does localised extinction change functional diversity of a snake community?”
Jannie Jacobs (2016) BSc Honours. “A comparison between pitfall trapping and artificial cover objects for herpetofaunal sampling efficacy.”
Inshaaf Layloo (2016) BSc Honours. “Diet and feeding in the cape cobra (Naja nivea).”
Caitlin Smith (2016) BSc Honours. “Quantifying the foraging ecology of the boomslang (Dispholidus typus).”