Prof. Andre 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. Tanja Wolf (Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project working title: Giraffe welfare and its endocrine correlates, 2018 – 

Past

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 – 2019

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 - 2020

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 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 Jawi Ramahlo (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: The effects of land use and seasonal variation on diversity, behaviour and physiology of small mammal species of the Magaliesberg biosphere

Ms Andrea Webster (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Monitoring Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and heavy metal contamination in faeces of wild terrestrial mammals to evaluate ecosystem health

Ms Celiwe Ngcamphalala (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Capture as an acute stressor: phylogenetic and seasonal variation in avian stress responses

Ms Morgane Brachet (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Social and environmental regulations of the female reproductive system in meerkats

Ms Dennis O Umesiobi (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Reproductive and stress endocrinology in the critically endangered Riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis)

MSc/MPhil

Mr Bruce Crossey (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: An assessment of body condition, stress and diet in free-ranging African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) from South Africa

Ms Saliwe Muzavazi  (National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe)
Project title: Stress hormones and vegetation cover as factors in human/elephant conflict in the Chirundu and Kariba areas of Zimbabwe

Ms Melyssa van Heerden (Department of Production Animal Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Failure of captive breeding in the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) as a result of stress.

Ms Emma Jepsen (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Comparison of endocrine correlates of tigers freely roaming in SA and India

Ms Arantxa Blecher (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Developing a novel, non-invasive technique for monitoring reproductive patterns in the scales of the four extant African pangolin species

Ms Elisabetta Carlin (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Non-invasive assessment of stress hormone levels in the rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) roaming in a human dominated landscape

Mr Gideon van den Berg (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project title: Linking southern right whale foraging ecology with calving success

Ms Terrian Thavar (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project title: Southern right whale nutritional state in relation to reproductive success

Honours

Ms Kara du Plessis (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project title: Habituation or sensitisation: Are South African impala (Aepyceros melampus) thriving or just getting by?

Ms Marli Burger (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project title:  Evaluating potential effects of pollution on the adrenocortical activity of African clawless otters (Aonyx capensis) using faecal glucocorticoid metabolite concentrations

Ms Kayla Rae Osburn (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project title: Establishing a non-invasive technique to quantify faecal glucocorticoid metabolites as a measure of stress in striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena)

 

Past

PhD

Mr 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 04/13

Ms 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 10/15

Mr 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 04/16

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, Degree obtained 04/18

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, Degree obtained 04/18

Ms Gayle Pedersen (Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
Project working title: Assessing genealogy and genetic variation to guide wildlife management: a white rhino case study, Degree obtained 09/18

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, Degree obtained 04/20

MSc/MPhil

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 04/08

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 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

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 04/12

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 04/12

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 09/12

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 09/12

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 04/15

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 04/17

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 04/17

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 04/17

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) Degree obtained 09/17

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, Degree obtained 04/18

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), Degree obtained 04/19

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, Degree obtained 04/19

Ms Benita Elago (Department of Animal, Wildlife & Grassland Sci, University of the Free State, South Africa)
Project title: 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), Degree obtained 11/19

Ms Tshepiso Majelantle (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Population dynamics and stress-related endocrine correlates of Cape clawless otters (Aonyx capensis), Degree obtained 04/20

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

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, Degree obtained 12/17

Ms Judith Webber (Department of Animal Wildlife Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Evaluating African elephant (Loxodonta africana) faecal steroid metabolite concentrations post-defecation for different drying regimes, Degree obtained 12/17

Ms Emma Jepsen (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Validating the use of both faecal samples and feathers as non-invasive proxies for monitoring circulating glucocorticoids in the southern pied babbler (Turdoides bicolor), Degree obtained 12/18

Ms Elisabetta Carlin (Department of Animal Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Non-invasive assessment of body condition and stress hormone levels in African elephants (Loxodonta africana) roaming in fynbos vegetation using a species-specific body condition scoring system and faecal glucocorticoid metabolite analyses, Degree obtained 01/19

Ms Michelle Bouwer (Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Project title: Non-invasive quantification of physiological stress in southern yellow-billed hornbills (Tockus leucomelas): a validation of faecal glucocorticoid metabolite assays, Degree obtained 12/19

B. Tech

Mr Joseph Raporoto Mabusetsa Makalo; Project title: Comparison of two processing methods for faecal hormone extraction in Giraffe (Veterinary Technology - Twshane University of Technology)

Mr Jambwa Kudakwashe; Project title: Defecation frequency, gastrointestinal transit time, and faecal water content in Samango Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis erythracus) (Veterinary Technology - Twshane University of Technology)

Ms Marina du Preez; Project title: The assessment of stress in trained African elephants performing elephant back safaris (Animal Health – University of South Africa)

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