Sandi Willows-Munro

Main research interests include the fields of molecular systematics, conservation and population genetics. Although most research has focused on vertebrate evolution, Dr Willows-Munro’s field of interest covers evolutionary biology as a whole. Specifically, she is interested in the use of molecular and phylogenetic techniques to examine the genetic factors underpinning evolutionary processes in Africa. Her students and researchers associated with her research group, work on a wide range of taxa including many southern African endemic and endangered species of amphibians, birds, mammals and invertebrates.

Position:   Researcher and Lecturer
Qualifications:   BSc, MSc, PhD
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
 Research Areas:   Evolutionary Biology
Landscape genetics
 Recent Publications:  
Willows-Munro, S., Matthee, C.A., Robinson, T.J. (2005) Utility of nuclear DNA intron markers at lower taxonomic levels: phylogenetic resolution among the nine Tragelaphus spp. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 35: 624-636.

Pitra, C., VazPinto, P., O’Keeffe, B. W. J., Willows-Munro, S., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Robinson, T.J. (2006) DNA-led rediscovery of the giant sable antelope in Angola. Eur. J. Wildl. Res. 52:145-152.

Matthee, C.A., Eick, G., Willows-Munro, S., Montgelard, C., Pardini, A.T., Robinson, T.J. (2006) Indel evolution of mammalian introns and the utility of non-coding nuclear markers in eutherian phylogenetics. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 42: 827-837.

Willows-Munro, S. and Matthee, C.A. (2009). The evolution of the southern African members of the shrew genus Myosorex: Understanding the origin and diversification of a morphologically cryptic group. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol 51: 394-398.

Willows-Munro, S. and Matthee, C.A. (2011) Linking lineage diversification to climate and habitat heterogeneity: phylogeography of the southern African shrew Myosorex varius. Journal of Biogeography vol. 38: 1976-1991

Willows-Munro, S., and Matthee, C.A. (2011) Exploring the diversity and molecular evolution of shrews (family Soricidae) using mtDNA cytochrome b data African Zoology 46: 246–262.

Taylor, P.J., Kearney, T.C., Kerbis Peterhans, J.C., Baxter, R.M., Willows-Munro, S. (2013) Cryptic diversity in forest shrews of the genus Myosorex from southern Africa, with the description of a new species and comments on Myosorex tenuis. Zool J Linn Soc 169: 881-902.

Vukea, P.R., Willows-Munro, S., Horner, R.F., Coetzer, T.H.T. (2014) Phylogenetic analysis of the polyprotein coding region of an infectious South African bursal disease virus (IBDV) strain. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 21: 279-286.


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