Sandi Willows-Munro


Dr Sandi Willows-Munro was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but has spent most of her academic career in Cape Town where she received her PhD from Stellenbosch University in 2008. African flora and fauna have always been her passion, and she has been lucky enough to work on the genetics of some of African’s most enigmatic animals including giant sable, spiral-horned antelope, shrews and vultures.   Although most of her previous research has focused on mammalian evolution, her field of interest covers evolutionary and molecular 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 large groups with difficult to resolve phylogenies.  

Position:   Researcher and Lecturer
Qualifications:   BSc, MSc, PhD
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
 Telephone:   033 260 5436
 Research Areas:   Conservation Genetics
Evolutionary Biology
Landscape genetics
 Recent Publications:  

Singh, S. P.*, Johan C. Groeneveld, J. C., Al-Marzouqi, A., Willows-Munro, S. (2017) A molecular phylogeny of the spiny lobster Panulirus homarus highlights a separately evolving lineage from the Southwest Indian Ocean.  PeerJ:5:e3356

Gous, A.*, Willows-Munro, S., Eardley, C. D., Swanevelder, Z. H. (2017) Pollination: Impact, role-players, interactions and study – a South African perspective. South African Journal of Science.  113: 1-8

Coetzer, W.G.*, Downs, C.T, Perrin, M.R. and Willows-Munro, S. (2017) Testing of microsatellite multiplexes for individual identification of Cape Parrots (Poicephalus robustus): paternity testing and monitoring trade. PeerJ. 5: e2900

Willows-Munro, S., Dowler, R. C., Jarcho, M. R., Phillips, R. B., Snell, H. L., Wilbert, T. R., Edwards, C. W. (2016) Cryptic diversity in Black rats Rattus rattus of the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. Ecology and Evolution. 6: 3721-3733

Goodman, S. M., Schoeman, M. C., Rakotoarivelo, A.*, Willows-Munro, S. (2016) How many species of Hipposideros have occurred on Madagascar since the Late Pleistocene? Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 177: 428-449

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