Dr Tshoanelo Miya

Dr Tshoanelo Miya
Dr Tshoanelo Miya holds a PhD in Ichthyology obtained from Rhodes University. Her main research interests are the molecular systematics and physiology of selected fish groups.

She collaborate with institutions such as South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, University of Illinois and University of Chile.

Position:   Researcher and Lecturer



BSc Hons


Discipline:   Cellular Biology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 3336
 Email:   Miyat@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:  

Molecular systematics includes the use of DNA sequence to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships as well as the phylogeography structure of different fish species and populations.Fish physiology includes the use of fish serum, DNA and RNA to assess the adaptation strategies and behaviour of the antifreeze protein in Antarctic fishes that occupy different weather regimes in the Southern Ocean.
 Recent Publications:  

Miya T., Gon O., Mwale M. and Cheng C.-H.C. 2016. Multiple independent reduction or loss of antifreeze trait in low Antarctic and sub-Antarctic notothenioid fishes. Antarctic Science, 28(1): 17-28. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102015000413

Miya T., Gon O., Mwale M. and Poulin E. 2016. Molecular systematics and taxonomic status of three latitudinally widespread nototheniid (Perciformes: Notothenioidei) fishes from the Southern Ocean. Zootaxa, 4061(4): 381-396. http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4061.4.4 

Bennett R., Ellender B., Mäkinen T., Miya T., Pattrick P., Wasserman R., Woodford D. and Weyl O. 2016. Ethical considerations for field research on fishes. Koedoe 58(1), a1353. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v58i1.1353

Miya T., Mwale M., Gon O. and Cheng C.-H.C. 2014. The effect of habitat temperature on serum antifreeze glycoprotein (AFGP) activity in Notothenia rossii (Pisces: Nototheniidae) in the Southern Ocean. Polar Biology 37:367-373. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00300-013-1437-y

Mtshali M.S., de la Fuente J., Ruybal P., Kocan K.M., Vicente J., Mbati P.A., Shkap V., Blouin E.F., Mohale N.E., Moloi T.P., Spickett A.M. and Latif A.A. 2007. Prevalence and genetic diversity of Anaplasma marginale strains in cattle in South Africa. Zoonoses and Public Health 54(1): 23 – 30. 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2007.00998.x 

Postgraduate Candidates:    PG Candidates

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