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2019

Allsopp, N., Slingsby, J.A. and Esler, K.J., 2019. Identifying research questions for the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region. South African Journal of Science, 115(9-10):1-8. doi:10.17159/sajs.2019/5889.

Altwegg, R. and Nichols, J.D., 2019. Occupancy models for citizen‐science data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10(1):8-21. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13090.

Chamberlain, D.E., Henry, D.A., Reynolds, C., Caprio, E. and Amar, A., 2019. The relationship between wealth and biodiversity: A test of the Luxury Effect on bird species richness in the developing world. Global change biology, 25(9):3045-3055. doi:10.1111/gcb.14682.

Clark, A.E. and Altwegg, R., 2019. Efficient Bayesian analysis of occupancy models with logit link functions. Ecology and evolution, 9(2):756-768. doi:10.1002/ece3.4850.

Cumming, G.S. and Henry, D.A., 2019. Point counts outperform line transects when sampling birds along routes in South African protected areas. African Zoology, pp.1-12. doi:10.1080/15627020.2019.1658540.

Dilley, B.J., Hedding, D.W., Henry, D.A., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Schoombie, S., Osborne, A. and Ryan, P.G., 2019. Clustered or dispersed: testing the effect of sampling strategy to census burrow-nesting petrels with varied distributions at sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Antarctic Science, 31(5):231-242. doi:10.1017/S0954102019000300.

Henry, D.A. and O’Connor, T.G., 2019. Survey frequency affects the estimates and conclusions of long-term changes in waterbird populations: a case study from a South African wetland. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(13):3429-3443. doi:10.1007/s10531-019-01828-2.

Jansen, D.Y., Pradel, R., Mares, R., Doutrelant, C., Spottiswoode, C.N., Covas, R. and Altwegg, R., 2019. An integrated population model sheds light on the complex population dynamics of a unique colonial breeder. Population Ecology, 61(4):406-420. doi:10.1002/1438-390X.12010.

Louw, M.A., Haussmann, N.S. and le Roux, P.C., 2019. Testing for consistency in the impacts of a burrowing ecosystem engineer on soil and vegetation characteristics across biomes. Scientific Reports, 9(1):1-12. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55917-x.

Magadzire, N., De Klerk, H.M., Esler, K.J. and Slingsby, J.A., 2019. Fire and life history affect the distribution of plant species in a biodiversity hotspot. Diversity and Distributions, 25(7):1012-1023. doi:10.1111/ddi.12921.

Maphisa, D.H., Smit-Robinson, H. and Altwegg, R., 2019. Dynamic multi-species occupancy models reveal individualistic habitat preferences in a high-altitude grassland bird community. PeerJ, 7, p.e6276. doi:10.7717/peerj.6276.

Moreira, F., Allsopp, N., Esler, K.J., Wardell‐Johnson, G., Ancillotto, L., Arianoutsou, M., Clary, J., Brotons, L., Clavero, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G. and Fagoaga, R., Fiedler, P., Filipe, A.F., Frankenberg, E., Holmgren, M., Marquet, P.A., Martinez‐Harms, M.J., Martinoli, A.,​​​​​​​ Miller, B.P.,​​​​​​​ Olsvig‐Whittaker, L.,​​​​​​​ Pliscoff, P.,​​​​​​​ Rundel, P.,​​​​​​​ Russo, D., ​​​​​​​Slingsby, J.A. and others.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 2019. Priority questions for biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean biome: Heterogeneous perspectives across continents and stakeholders. Conservation Science and Practice, 1(11):118. doi:10.1111/csp2.118.

Oosthuizen, W.C., Postma, M., Altwegg, R., Nevoux, M., Pradel, R., Bester, M.N. and de Bruyn, P.N., 2019. Individual heterogeneity in life‐history trade‐offs with age at first reproduction in capital breeding elephant seals. Population Ecology, 61(4):421-435. doi:10.1002/1438-390X.12015.

Prokosch, J., Bernitz, Z., Bernitz, H., Erni, B. and Altwegg, R., 2019. Are animals shrinking due to climate change? Temperature-mediated selection on body mass in mountain wagtails. Oecologia, 189(3):841-849. doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04368-2.

Rink, A.N., Altwegg, R., Edwards, S., Bowie, R.C. and Colville, J.F., 2019. Contest dynamics and assessment strategies in combatant monkey beetles (Scarabaeidae: Hopliini). Behavioral Ecology, 30(3):713-723. doi:10.1093/beheco/arz008.

Slingsby, J.A. and Slingsby, P.W., 2019. Monitoring the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar with freely available Google Earth imagery. PeerJ, 7:e7005. doi:10.7717/peerj.7005.

 


2018

​​​​​​​Amar, A., Buij, R., Suri, J., Sumasgutner, P. and Virani, M.Z., 2018. Conservation and ecology of African raptors. In Birds of Prey (419-455). Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-73745-4.

Barraclough, D.A., Colville, J.F., Karolyi, F. and Krenn, H.W., 2018. A striking new species of Prosoeca Schiner, 1867 (Diptera: Nemestrinidae): An important pollinator from the Bokkeveld Plateau, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Zootaxa, 4497(3):411-421. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4497.3.5.

Becker, F.S., Tolley, K.A., Measey, G.J. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Extreme climate-induced life-history plasticity in an amphibian. The American Naturalist, 191(2):250-258.doi:10.1086/695315

Bonebrake, T.C., Brown, C.J., Bell, J.D., Blanchard, J.L., Chauvenet, A., Champion, C., Chen, I.C., Clark, T.D., Colwell, R.K., Danielsen, F., Dell, A.I., Donelson, J.M., Evengård, B., Ferrier, S., Frusher, S., Garcia, R.A. and others. 2018. Managing consequences of climate‐driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews, 93(1):284-305. doi:10.1111/brv.12344.

Burman, M.S., Underhill, L.G., Altwegg, R., Erni, B., Remisiewicz, M. and MacLeod, J., 2018. Migratory connectivity of barn swallows in South Africa to their Palaearctic breeding grounds. Diversity and Distributions, 24(11):1699-1708. doi:10.1111/ddi.12810.

Colville, J.F., Picker, M.D. and Cowling, R.M., 2018. Feeding ecology and sexual dimorphism in a speciose flower beetle clade (Hopliini: Scarabaeidae). PeerJ, 6, p.e4632. doi:10.7717/peerj.4632.

De Klerk, H.M., Burgess, N.D. and Visser, V., 2018. Probabilistic description of vegetation ecotones using remote sensing. Ecological Informatics, 46:125-132. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2018.06.001.

Dicken, M.L., Winker, H., Smale, M.J. and Cliff, G., 2018. Sharks caught in the KwaZulu-Natal bather protection programme, South Africa. 14. The smooth hammerhead shark Sphyrna zygaena (Linnaeus). African journal of marine science, 40(2):157-174. doi:10.2989/1814232X.2018.1470031.

Dornelas, M., Antao, L.H., Moyes, F., Bates, A.E., Magurran, A.E., Adam, D., Akhmetzhanova, A.A., Appeltans, W., Arcos, J.M., Arnold, H. and Ayyappan, N., 2018. BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7):760-786. doi:10.1111/geb.12729

Drouilly, M., Clark, A. and O'Riain, M.J., 2018. Multi-species occupancy modelling of mammal and ground bird communities in rangeland in the Karoo: A case for dryland systems globally. Biological Conservation, 224:16-25. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.05.013.

Duckworth, G.D. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Effectiveness of protected areas for bird conservation depends on guild. Diversity and Distributions, 24(8):1083-1091. doi:10.1111/ddi.12756.

Durbach, I. and Montibeller, G., 2018. Predicting in shock: on the impact of negative, extreme, rare, and short lived events on judgmental forecasts. EURO Journal on Decision Processes, 6(1-2):213-233. doi:10.1007/s40070-017-0063-2.

Forest, F., Colville, J.F. and Cowling, R.M., 2018. Evolutionary diversity patterns in the Cape flora of South Africa. In Phylogenetic diversity: Applications and challenges in biodiversity science (167-187). Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-93145-6. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-93145-6_9.

Froese, R., Winker, H., Coro, G., Demirel, N., Tsikliras, A.C., Dimarchopoulou, D., Scarcella, G., Probst, W.N., Dureuil, M. and Pauly, D., 2018. A new approach for estimating stock status from length frequency data. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75(6):2004-2015. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsy078.

Froese, R., Winker, H., Coro, G., Demirel, N., Tsikliras, A.C., Dimarchopoulou, D., Scarcella, G., Quaas, M. and Matz-Lück, N., 2018. Status and rebuilding of European fisheries. Marine Policy, 93, pp.159-170. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.018.

Gridley, T., Elwen, S.H., Harris, G., Moore, D.M., Hoelzel, A.R. and Lampen, F., 2018. Hybridization in bottlenose dolphins—A case study of Tursiops aduncus×T. truncatus hybrids and successful backcross hybridization events. PloS one, 13(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0201722.

Gridley, T., Silva, M.F.P., Wilkinson, C., Seakamela, S.M. and Elwen, S.H., 2018. Song recorded near a super-group of humpback whales on a mid-latitude feeding ground off South Africa. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(4), pp.EL298-EL304. doi:10.1121/1.5032126.

Jarre, A., Shannon, L.J., Cooper, R., Duggan, G.L., Gammage, L.C., Lockerbie, E.M., McGregor, E.S., Ragaller, S.M., Visser, N., Ward, C. and Watermeyer, K.E., 2018. Untangling a Gordian knot that must not be cut: Social-ecological systems research for management of southern Benguela fisheries. Journal of Marine Systems, 188:149-159. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2018.01.004.

Karenyi, N., Sink, K., Nel, R., Clark, A.E. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Imperfect detection distorts depth‐related trends in marine macrofaunal species richness. Ecography, 41(10):1698-1706. doi:10.1111/ecog.03439.

Katsikopoulos, K.V., Durbach, I.N. and Stewart, T.J., 2018. When should we use simple decision models? A synthesis of various research strands. Omega, 81:17-25. doi:10.1016/j.omega.2017.09.005.

Ke, A., Sibiya, M.D., Reynolds, C., McCleery, R.A., Monadjem, A. and Fletcher, R.J., 2018. Landscape heterogeneity shapes taxonomic diversity of non-breeding birds across fragmented savanna landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27(10):2681-2698. doi:10.1007/s10531-018-1561-7

Kock, A.A., Photopoulou, T., Durbach, I., Mauff, K., Meÿer, M., Kotze, D., Griffiths, C.L. and O’Riain, M.J., 2018. Summer at the beach: spatio-temporal patterns of white shark occurrence along the inshore areas of False Bay, South Africa. Movement ecology, 6(1):7. doi:10.1186/s40462-018-0125-5.

LaScaleia, M.C., Reynolds, C., Magagula, C.N., Roets, F. and McCleery, R.A., 2018. Dung beetle richness decreases with increasing landscape structural heterogeneity in an African savanna‐agricultural mosaic. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 11(4):396-406. doi:10.1111/icad.12290.

Lloyd, K.J., Altwegg, R., Doutrelant, C. and Covas, R., 2018. Factors affecting the foraging distance and duration of a colonial bird, the sociable weaver, in a semi-arid environment. African Journal of Ecology, 56(3):659-663. doi:10.1111/aje.12484.

Maphisa, D.H., Smit-Robinson, H. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Dynamic multi-species occupancy models of birds of high-altitude grasslands in eastern South Africa. PeerJ Preprints, 6:e26932v1. doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26932v1.

Martin, M.J., Gridley, T., Elwen, S.H. and Jensen, F.H., 2018. Heaviside's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) relax acoustic crypsis to increase communication range. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1883):20181178.  doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1178.

McClelland, G.T., Altwegg, R., Van Aarde, R.J., Ferreira, S., Burger, A.E. and Chown, S.L., 2018. Climate change leads to increasing population density and impacts of a key island invader. Ecological applications, 28(1):212-224. doi:10.1002/eap.1642.

Melin, A., Rouget, M., Colville, J.F., Midgley, J.J. and Donaldson, J.S., 2018. Assessing the role of dispersed floral resources for managed bees in providing supporting ecosystem services for crop pollination. PeerJ, 6:e5654. doi:10.7717/peerj.5654.

Mukhtar, A.Y., Munyakazi, J.B., Ouifki, R. and Clark, A.E., 2018. Modelling the effect of bednet coverage on malaria transmission in South Sudan. PloS one, 13(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0198280.

Murgatroyd, M., Photopoulou, T., Underhill, L.G., Bouten, W. and Amar, A., 2018. Where eagles soar: Fine‐resolution tracking reveals the spatiotemporal use of differential soaring modes in a large raptor. Ecology and evolution, 8(13):6788-6799. doi:10.1002/ece3.4189.

Nickless, A., Rayner, P.J., Erni, B. and Scholes, R.J., 2018. Comparison of the genetic algorithm and incremental optimisation routines for a Bayesian inverse modelling based network design. Inverse Problems, 34(5):055006. doi:10.1088/1361-6420/aab46c.

Nkuna, K.V., Visser, V., Wilson, J.R. and Kumschick, S., 2018. Global environmental and socio-economic impacts of selected alien grasses as a basis for ranking threats to South Africa. NeoBiota, 41:19. doi:10.3897/neobiota.41.265.

Oosthuizen, W.C., Altwegg, R., Nevoux, M., Bester, M.N. and de Bruyn, P.N., 2018. Phenotypic selection and covariation in the life‐history traits of elephant seals: heavier offspring gain a double selective advantage. Oikos, 127(6):875-889. doi:10.1111/oik.04998.

Photopoulou, T., 2018. Human footprint restricts ranges. Nature ecology & evolution, 2(5):773-774. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0538-y.

Poulos, H.M., Barton, A.M., Slingsby, J.A. and Bowman, D.M., 2018. Do mixed fire regimes shape plant flammability and post-fire recovery strategies?. Fire, 1(3):39. doi:10.3390/fire1030039.

Reynolds, C., Fletcher, R.J., Carneiro, C.M., Jennings, N., Ke, A., LaScaleia, M.C., Lukhele, M.B., Mamba, M.L., Sibiya, M.D., Austin, J.D. and Magagula, C.N., 2018. Inconsistent effects of landscape heterogeneity and land-use on animal diversity in an agricultural mosaic: a multi-scale and multi-taxon investigation. Landscape ecology, 33(2):241-255. doi:10.1007/s10980-017-0595-7.

Swart, C., Visser, V. and Robinson, T.B., 2018. Patterns and traits associated with invasions by predatory marine crabs. NeoBiota, 39:79. doi:10.3897/neobiota.39.22002.

Thorson, J.T., Rudd, M.B. and Winker, H., 2019. The case for estimating recruitment variation in data-moderate and data-poor age-structured models. Fisheries Research, 217:87-97. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.07.007.

Winker, H., Carvalho, F. and Kapur, M., 2018. JABBA: just another Bayesian biomass assessment. Fisheries Research, 204:275-288. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.03.010.

Woodgate, Z., Distiller, G. and O’Riain, J., 2018. Variation in mammal species richness and relative abundance in the Karoo. African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 35(3-4):325-334. doi:10.2989/10220119.2018.1522513.