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Prof. André Ganswindt

PhD, Munster, Germany

Dipl.- Ing. (FH), Berlin, Germany

Chair-Elect (ISWE)

 

Professor & Director, Mammal Research Institute

Office: 1-10, Ground Floor, Botany Building

Phone: +27 (0)12 420-3776

Email: [email protected]

ORCIDorcid.org/0000-0002-1474-7602


Behavioral and Physiological Endocrine Research

I study behavioural endocrinology and reproductive science in mammals, reptiles, and birds, to address proximate and ultimate questions concerning regulative endocrine mechanisms which in combination with other factors, like social or ecological changes, influence and control animal behaviour. My work combines 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.

I also develop and validate non-invasive tools for monitoring reproductive function and responses to stressors in captive and free-ranging animals, thereby broadening the spectrum of possible applications of behavioural endocrine research.


Publications


Postdoctoral students/researchers

Current

Dr Imke Lüders (Department of Anatomy & Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project working title: Implementing assisted reproduction techniques and genome resource banking into wildlife breeding and conservation, 2017 –

Dr Chris J Young (Department of Anatomy & Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project working title: The combined influence of environmental and social factors on the physiological stress levels of wild vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus, 2017 - 

Past

Dr Juan Scheun (Department of Anatomy & Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project working title: Evolution and development of cooperation in mammalian societies, 2015-2016

Dr Peter N. Laver (Department of Anatomy & Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project working title: Assessing southern African aquatic integrity with non-invasive keystone species stress assays, 2014-2016

Postgraduate students

Current

PhD

Mr Ruan de Bruin (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, South Africa)
Project working title: The endocrinology of paternal care in bat-eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)

Ms Tanja Wolf (Department of Anatomy & Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project working title: Impact of social and ecological variability on the endocrine pattern in free-ranging male giraffe

Ms Keafon Jumbam (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of the Free State, South Africa)
Project working title: Behavioral Ecology and Endocrinology of Maternal Care in Bat-eared Foxes

Ms Elize van Vollenhoven (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Monitoring stress-related physiological indicators during rectal palpation in teaching mares.

Ms Vanessa Wandja Kamgang (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project working title: Reproductive activity and endocrine correlates of roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus)

Ms Lauren Havenga (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa) Project working title: The influence of a pork diet on calcium availability in adult vultures and their chicks

Ms Gayle Pedersen (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project working title: Directing rhino population management best practice during a poaching crisis

Ms Isabel Callealta Rodriguez (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project working title: Implementing Assisted Reproduction Techniques into Large Felids Conservation: study of the female African lion (Panthera leo) reproductive physiology, and development of artificial insemination protocols

MSc/MPhil

Ms Andrea Webster (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Non-invasive monitoring of adrenocortical function and the impact of different land-use practices on faecal glucocorticoid metabolite levels in the leopard (Panthera pardus)

Ms Sophie Neller (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Using hormones to understand complex social structures in Southern Ground-Hornbills (Bucorvus leadbeateri)

Ms Jawi Ramahlo (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: The impact of land use and other anthropogenic pressures on the population dynamics and behaviour of small mammal communities in the Limpopo Province

Ms Chloe Grotto (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Behavioural and physiological welfare assessment of African Elephants in interaction programs

Ms Chantel Holdstock (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Faecal glucocorticoid and T3 levels in captive African penguins.

Honours

Mr Bruce Crossey (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Prolonged stress responses in captive African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) from southern Africa

 

Past

PhD

Dr Juan Scheun (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: As Time Goes By: gonadal and adrenocortical endocrine function in the lesser bushbaby (Galago moholi). Degree obtained 04/2016

Dr Annemieke van der Goot (Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia)
Project title: Investigating reproductive physiology in the free-living White rhinoceros: providing new insights towards enhanced breeding success in captivity. Degree obtained 10/2015

Dr Jozua Viljoen (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project working title: Translocation of elephants in a South African Savanna – Studies on endocrinological changes, vocalization and feeding behaviour. Degree obtained 04/2013

MSc/MPhil

Mr John Birrell (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: The effects of GnRH vaccination in reducing post-surgical castration complications carried out under field conditions in colts. Degree obtained 04/2017

Ms Adel de Haast (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Assessing the efficacy of the long-acting neuroleptic zuclopenthixol in impala (Aepyceros melampus) and wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou). Degree obtained 04/2017

Mr Norbert Mangwiro (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Validation of salivary and faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in pigs. Degree obtained 04/2017

Ms Marcha Badenhorst (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: The effect of bloodstock sales consignment on the prevalence of infectious respiratory pathogens in young Thoroughbred horses. Degree obtained 04/2015

Ms Elize Fourie (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: The influence of predators on physiological, hormonal and behavioural indicators of stress in plains zebra (Equus quagga burchelli). Degree obtained 09/2012

Mr Peter Seeber (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Reproductive behaviour and its endocrine correlates in free-ranging male Angolan Giraffe (Giraffe camelopardis angolensis). Degree obtained 09/2012

Mrs Melodie Bates  (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Endocrine correlates of free-ranging African elephants (Loxodonta africana) treated with porcine zona pellucida vaccine. Degree obtained 04/2012

Ms Gabriela Benavides Valades  (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Induction of anoestrus in female African elephants (Loxodonta africana) using an injectable gonadotropin releasing hormone vaccine. Degree obtained 04/2012

Mr Ncube Hlengisizwe  (National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe)
Project title: Reproductive rates in the plains zebra Equus quagga: non-invasive pregnancy diagnosis using faecal 20-oxopregnane and oestrogen metabolites. Degree (MPhil) obtained 2011

Mr Bart Vlamings  (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
Project title: Dog appeasing pheromone - potential application to reduce aggression and stress in captive African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). Degree obtained 2011

Mr Peter Mueller (Institute of Biology, Humbold University Berlin, Germany) 
Project title: Faecal Androgen Excretion in the Male Asian Elephant and its Relation to Musth. Degree obtained 04/2008

MMedVet

Ms Silke Pfitzer (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Comparing physiological parameters of farmed Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) captured manually and by means of electrical immobilization. Degree obtained 04/13

Ms Kouba Grobler (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Effect of Hot-iron branding on the cheek or upper hind limb on cortisol levels, behaviour, and production in feedlot calves. Degree obtained 04/13

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