Andre Ganswindt

Andre Ganswindt

Andre Ganswindt

PhD in Biology; Dipl.-Ing. (FH) in Biotechnology; Apprenticeship diploma in Biological Lab Technology

Professor and Director of the Mammal Research Institute; Head of the Endocrine Research Laboratory; NAS, UP

Research Sub-theme

Behavioural/Wildlife Endocrinology

Monitoring reproductive function and responses to stressors in captive and free-ranging mammals, reptiles, and birds, to address proximate and ultimate questions concerning regulative endocrine mechanisms which in combination with other factors influence and control animal behaviour.  

Developing and validating non-invasive tools for endocrine monitoring and combine the disciplines of physiological-endocrine research, behavioural biology, and wildlife ecology to improve the management and welfare of animals in zoological institutions as well as in the wild.

Research Projects

  • The use faecal cortisol metabolites to determine levels of stress associated with fibre inclusion rate and fibre quality in Ovis aries (South African Mutton Merino sheep)
  • Comparison of endocrine correlates of Tigers freely roaming in SA and India
  • Developing a novel, non-invasive technique for monitoring reproductive patterns in the scales of the four extant African pangolin species
  • The endocrinology of paternal care in bat-eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
  • Reproductive activity and endocrine correlates of roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus)
  • The influence of a pork diet on calcium availability in adult vultures and their chicks
  • Implementing Assisted Reproduction Techniques into Large Felids Conservation: study of the female African lion (Panthera leo) reproductive physiology, and development of artificial insemination protocols
  • The effects of land use and seasonal variation on diversity, behaviour and physiology of small mammal species of the Magaliesberg biosphere
  • Monitoring Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and heavy metal contamination in faeces of wild terrestrial mammals to evaluate ecosystem health
  • Capture as an acute stressor: phylogenetic and seasonal variation in avian stress responses
  • Social and environmental regulations of the female reproductive system in meerkats
  • Implementing Assisted Reproduction Techniques and Genome Resource Banking into Wildlife Breeding and Conservation
  • The combined influence of environmental and social factors on the physiological stress levels of wild vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus
  • The influence of environmental, anthropogenic and health-related factors on endocrine correlates of free-ranging giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis)
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