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Jennifer Fill

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Published on Apr 18, 2017

Two Years

Two years ago, you all made it possible for me to come to South Africa for an unforgettable journey of practical, influential research and personal discovery.  I cannot thank you en...

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Published on Dec 07, 2016

Who Let the Toads Out?

For those of you who haven't heard of the Mannequin Challenge, it's the term for a video in which a group of real people pose as mannequins frozen in action in a situation or scene.Our lab rose to ...

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Published on Dec 04, 2016

Rolling out Results

It has been a bit of a hiatus here from the writing, but not from the working!I'm extremely pleased to announce that we have published our second article on invasive alien plant clearing in the Wes...

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Published on Jul 13, 2016

Hot Stuff

Great news, and hot off the press!Our first article on controlling invasive alien plants in the Western Cape has been published in the international journal Biological Conservation:Historical costs...

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Published on Mar 22, 2016

Making Some Noise, Making a Difference

Exciting news! The first paper is in the pipeline!This project represents a strong collaboration of SANParks, Cape Nature, and Stellenbosch University to make a difference in the South African gove...

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Published on Dec 12, 2015

Another Lab Coat

Scientists aren't always just scientists....They can be firefighters!I am proud to finally celebrate a goal that you have helped me achieve. I set this goal six months ago as I left the prescribed ...

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Published on Dec 12, 2015

No Frosty Here...

Merry Christmas in summer?!?Well, I am not a fan of snow so it will certainly be a merry one for me! Christmas in South Africa (or at least in the Western Cape) consists of having braai's (barbecu...

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Published on Oct 03, 2015

Of frogs, fire, and flowers

Well folks it has been a busy September! And for all you Northern hemisphere-ers who are looking for your winter jackets, we are pulling out the shorts and t-shirts!We began sampling vegetation in...

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Published on Aug 31, 2015

Silent Stories

On the surface, a "field site" might just seem to be a location where you search for study animals, sample your vegetation species of interest, or take soil samples. You then write a paper, tellin...

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Published on Aug 23, 2015

Let the Field Season Begin!

Spring is in the air and the fieldwork you've made possible has begun!I have spent several beautiful days in the mountains recording Arthroleptella. All of my sites in the cleared areas (cleared o...

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Published on Aug 16, 2015

Finding Fynbos Frogs II

Monitoring the Rough Moss FrogHigh up in the mountains, a critically endangered frog is making music...let's hope it's never silenced.I went with Debra again to sample several Arthroleptella rugosa...

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Published on Jul 19, 2015

An in situ Introduction to Fynbos...and Invasions

On Tuesday Brian and I went out for a drive to scout for areas to show his students on their field trip. We left shortly after I got to the office, but first we went to the Neelsie student center f...

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Thank you so much, Jason!
Apr 19, 2017
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Thanks!!
Dec 08, 2016
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Giovanni is the one holding the dustpan and the yogurt container!
Dec 08, 2016
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Apparently this winter is supposed to be VERY wet! :D
Apr 07, 2016
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Going on 10! Crazy!
Apr 06, 2016
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Thanks for the questions, Greg! Most of the Arthroleptella species have just one call (and some species have very similar calls), but the moss frog Debra studied (see this lab note: https://experiment.com/u/fBntcg) has three. We're not sure exactly what each indicates, but that definitely posed a challenge for Debra's analysis. In the software I'm using, you can assign call characteristics to different species so that they are indeed recorded as such. Unfortunately, the model that we're using is still very new, and can't yet account for animal movement during the survey, but hopefully that will be incorporated over time. So for our purposes, we currently assume the animals don't move. Good observation: As for counting female frogs, we typically assume that they are in equal numbers, even in simple auditory surveys…yes, a very general assumption, unfortunately. As you can see, we still have much to learn about their basic ecology!
Mar 24, 2016
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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We so badly need the rain! My colleague who studies invasive crayfish did some fieldwork near Swaziland, visiting locations (rivers) where she'd been told the crayfish are. And the rivers are dry!
Mar 24, 2016
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Hahaha! Your message got cut off here but Experiment also sends it via email. Now all the R developers need to do is make the help as user-friendly as ArcGIS!
Mar 24, 2016
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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:D
Dec 13, 2015
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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In your sneak preview!
Dec 13, 2015
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Hahaha!!!! We northerners have so much to learn....!! I bet all those explosive breeders are going nuts!!!
Oct 06, 2015
Frogs, Fire, and Fynbos: Restoring Mountain Biodiversity
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Thanks Han!! I wish I could take you to see these sites too!
Aug 23, 2015
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