Kirstin Stephens

Kirstin Stephens
Cactus Communications

Master of Science

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Introduction
My current projects focus on genetic monitoring, conservation genetics and systematics of South African amphibians and reptiles.
Additional affiliations
January 2022 - present
Cactus Communications
Position
  • Freelance Editor
Description
  • Editing and proofreading scientific articles
March 2019 - March 2021
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Position
  • Molecular Ecology Intern
Description
  • Scientific research including molecular lab work and analysis
January 2016 - January 2017
DIANA Pet Food
Position
  • Environmental System Implementer
Description
  • Implementation of Environmental Management System: ISO 14001
Education
February 2017 - February 2019
Stellenbosch University
Field of study
  • Zoology
January 2015 - December 2015
Rhodes University
Field of study
  • Zoology
January 2012 - December 2014
Rhodes University
Field of study
  • Zoology and Environmental Science

Publications

Publications (4)
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Hybridisation between invasive and native species represents a significant threat to biodiversity. The Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is known to hybridise with numerous closely related Anas species in regions where they have been introduced, threatening the genetic integrity of native ducks and in some instances contributing to their extinction...
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Background: The effectiveness of invasive alien species management in South Africa, and elsewhere, can be improved by ensuring there are strong links and feedbacks between science and management. The CAPE Invasive Alien Animals Working Group (CAPE IAAWG) was established in 2008 to enhance cooperation among stakeholders such as implementing agencies...
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Genetic diversity provides the capacity for species to evolve in response to environmental change, and its importance in assessing the status of species is well established. However, there is a paucity of genetic monitoring studies. The Endangered western leopard toad (Sclerophrys pantherina), endemic to South Africa, is a good candidate for geneti...

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