News item no. 4173

2014-01-07 Les Underhill 
ADU-linked interviews on the Sappi Nature Journal : the 2013 record

Radio Today

The Sappi Nature Journal in 60 Minutes is a radio programme on Saturday mornings from 08h00 to 09h00 on Radio Today. Tim Neary interviews guests, and many of them have been ADU staff and students, and the ADU’s Citizen Scientists talking about their participation in the projects such as the Virtual Museum. This is a compendium of the interviews broadcast in the second half of 2013.

Tali Hoffman talked about MammalMAP, our bold initiative to atlas the mammals of the whole of Africa – the African Mammal Atlas Project: Tali Hoffman: MammalMAP

Megan Loftie-Eaton took us through the “species days,” from Mad Mammal Monday through Thank Goodness It’s Frog Friday to Snake Sunday: Megan Loftie-Eaton: Mad Mammal Monday and the rest of the awesome week

Dieter Oschadleus, in charge of SAFRING, described what we learn from bird ringing: Dieter Oschadleus: Bird ringing

PhD student Elsa Bussiere entertained us with her ideas about “wild fashion” – the wonderfully marked fur coats that many animals wear: Elsa Bussiere: Wild fasion

Postdoc Richard Sherley kept us abreast with the latest in penguin research at the ADU: Richard Sherley: Penguins research

Postdoc Sally Hofmeyr described how she had used the data from the CAR project, which undertakes counts of large terrestrial birds (cranes, storks, bustards, Secretarybird, etc), for her PhD research: Sally Hofmeyr: Large terrestrial birds

Dieter Oschadleus shared his passion for weavers, and promoted the PHOWN Virtual Museum (PHOtos of Weaver Nests): Dieter Oschadleus: Passion for weavers

A new arrival into the ADU Virtual Museum is ScorpionMAP. Ian Engelbrecht, PhD student at the University of Pretoria, took this opportunity to promote this project: Ian Engelbrecht: ScorpionMAP

Another new Virtual Museum is called SpiderMAP. Besides scorpions, Ian Engelbrecht’s other big research interest is baboon spiders, so there is a special focus within SpiderMAP on the baboon spiders. In this interview, Ian describes the Baboon Spider Atlas: Ian Engelbrecht: Baboon spider atlas

Yahkat Barshep completed her PhD on Curlew Sandpipers, analysing data from Sweden, Poland, South Africa, India, Kenya and Australia; she talks about her amazing findings. Tim also asked her questions about how she had got into science as a career in the first place, and how she had set about doing her MSc at the University of Jos, Nigeria, and her PhD at UCT: Yahkat Barshep: A PhD on Curlew Sandpipers

Justin O’Riain is not formally part of the ADU, but his laboratory and office adjoin the space occupied by the ADU, and the two of us cosupervise students. Justin is a behavioural ecologist. The first interview describes the interactions between Cape Fur Seals and Great White Sharks around Seal Island in False Bay and around Dyer Island at Gansbaai: Justin O'Riain: Seals and sharks

Justin’s second interview deals with a major human-wildlife conflict issue in the Cape Peninsula, the “baboon problem”: Justin O'Riain: Baboons on the Cape Peninsula

Justin Bode is a member of LepSoc who is making a big contribution to LepiMAP through butterfly photography. Like MammalMAP, LepiMAP sees Africa as its parish, and aims to map the distributions of butterflies and moths throughout Africa: Justin Bode: Butterfly photography

Ian Sharp and Allison Sharp were ostensibly interviewed to talk about the Great Caterpillar Moth Challenge, now a LepSoc project, but included a promotion of the ADU Virtual Museum Ian & Allison Sharp: From caterpillars to moths

Likewise, Darren Pietersen was interviewed about pangolins, but also strayed into Virtual Museum territory and promoted MammalMAP: Darren Pietersen: Pangolins

Kevin Winter is a colleague in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science. He is also involved in Citizen Science, but the main theme of his involvement is “water” – he is key person in the conservation of the river which lies closest to UCT and the ADU, the Liesbeek River: Kevin Winter: Friends of the Liesbeek River

He also leads a crazy annual event in midwinter, called the “Peninsula Paddle” – the event, which is designed to raise awareness about water quality on the Cape Flats, starts at Muizenberg and ends at Milnerton, taking the shortest route between them. This involves navigating all the tiny waterways from Strandfontein to Paarden Island: Kevin Winter: the Peninsula Paddle

And finally, Tim Neary interviewed MSc student Megan Loftie-Eaton about her experiences doing a FGASA level one game ranger course: Megan Loftie-Eaton: FGASA course

There will be more ADU-linked interviews in 2014 broadcast during the Sappi Nature Journal, primarily with a "Citizen Science" theme. The programme is broadcast by Radio Today 1485. The radio signal has a small footprint in Gateng, a larger footprint on DStv audio channel 869, and a global footprint by going to