Caswell Munyai
Dr Caswell Munyai is a Lecturer in invertebrate biology. His research interest is on insect diversity and conservation. His recent focus have been on ants (Formicidae) diversity patterns along altitudinal gradients and in peri-urban landscapes of Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal Province. He is a co-founder of Soutpansberg Mountain transect project responsible for monitoring the response of arthropods to global change (2009 to present).
Position: Lecturer
Qualifications:   MENVSc (UniVen)
PhD (UniVen)
Discipline:   Entomology (Myrmecology)
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 6086
 Research Areas:  

Ant systematics and taxonomy
Determinants of ant diversity across environmental gradients 
The role of competition in shaping communities
The roles of spatial and environmental factors in shaping communities across gradients
Recent Publications:

Mauda, E.V., Joseph, G.S., Seymour, C.L, Munyai, T.C. and Foord, S.H. Changes in landuse alter ant diversity, assemblages and dominant functional traits in African savannas. Biodiversity and Conservation, In Review (with minor revision).

Joseph, G.S. Mauda, E.V., Seymour, C.L., Munyai, T.C. Dippenaar-Schoeman, A. and Foord, S.H. Landuse change in savannas disproportionally reduces functional diversity of invertebrate predators at the highest trophic levels: spiders as an example. Ecosystems, (Accepted for Publication).

Bishop, T.R., Robertson, M.P., Gibb, H., van Rensburg, B.J., Braschler, B., Chown, S.L., Foord, S.H. Munyai, T.C., Okey, I., Tshivhandekano, P.G., Werenkraut, V. and Parr, C.L. 2016 Ant assemblages have darker and larger members in cold environments. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25, 1489 – 1499. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12516

Munyai, T.C. & Foord, S.H. 2015 Temporal patterns of ant Diversity across a mountain with climatically contrasting aspects in the tropics of Africa. PloS One 10 (3), e0122035.

Munyai, T.C. & Foord S.H. 2015 An inventory of epigeal ants of the western Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa. Koedoe 57 (1), 1-12.

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