MSc project on modelling frog distribution

8 Feb 2017 - 11:45

SEEC has an MSc bursary available to work on modelling range-wide abundance patterns of moss frogs
(Arthroleptella lightfooti) using acoustic monitoring data. We are looking for a student with a background in biology
or environmental science with a strong quantitative (statistical or mathematical) angle or statistics students with a
strong interest in biology or environmental science.

Lightfoot’s moss frogs occur on the Cape Peninsula and their distribution is likely determined by climatic factors such
as availability of water. Are the same factors also affecting the density of this species where it occurs? And how is it
likely to be affected by climate change? We have developed new statistical methods for estimating frog densities from
acoustic data (see and aim to get density estimates of moss frogs across their range.

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