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Prof Bettine van Vuuren​

Professor Bettine van Vuuren
Prof Bettine van Vuuren​
Department of Zoology - Academic
Professor, Director: Centre for Ecological Genomics and Wildlife Conservation

Contact Details
D3 Lab 339
+27 (0​)11 559 4555

A major goal in the biodiversity sciences is to understand spatial and temporal patterns and processes of biotic diversity across hierarchical levels, from genetic diversity to ecosystems. This has become particularly critical in the face of rapid environmental change, the threat posed by biological invasions as well as biodiversity loss.

Highest qualification: PhD 

Fields of research: Molecular Ecology, Wildlife Conservation

Lecturing (Modules with a short description): Zoo 33A3 – Ecology. In this module we study biology diversity across different hierarchical levels, and the processes that shape the observed patterns

Research focus: Conservation genetics and invasion biology. Most of my work falls within two geographic regions: (a) The south-western arid zone of southern Africa and, (b) Southern Oceanic Islands, specifically the Prince Edward Island group.

List of selected publications:  

  1. Tensen, L., Groom, R.J., van Belkom, J., Davies-Mostert, H.T., Marnewick, K., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2016. Genetic diversity and spatial genetic structure of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in the Greater Limpopo transfrontier conservation area. Conservation Genetics 17:785-794.
  2. Karsten, M., Addison, P., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Terblanche, J.S. 2016. Investigating population differentiation in a major African agricultural pest: evidence from geometric morphometrics and connectivity suggests high invasion potential. Molecular Ecology 25:3019-3032.
  3. Bergstrom, D.M., Bricher, P.K., Raymond, B., Terauds, A., Doley, D., McGeoch. M.A., Whinam, J., Glen. M., Yuan, Z., Kiefer, K., Shaw, J.D., Bramely-Alves, J., Rudman, T., Mohammed, C., Lucieer, A., Visoiu, M., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Ball, M.C. 2015. Rapid collapse of a sub-Antarctic alpine ecosystem: the role of climate and pathogens. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 774-783.
  4. Karsten, M., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Addison, P., Terblanche, J.S. 2015. Deconstructing intercontinental invasion pathway hypotheses of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) using a Bayesian inference approach: are port interceptions and quarantine protocols successfully preventing new invasions? Diversity and Distributions 21: 813-825.
  5. Hassanin, A., Hugot, J.-P., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2015. Comparason of mitochondrial genome sequences of pangolins (Mammalia, Pholidota). Comptes Rendus Biologies 338: 260-265.
  6. Kruger, S., Wesche, P., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2015. Genetic structure in the Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus: Reduced diversity in Southern Africa. Ibis 157: 162-166.
  7. Visser, J.H., Bennett, N., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2014. Local and regional scale genetic variation in the Cape dune mole-rat, Bathyergus suillus. Plos One 9(9): e107226.
  8. Montgelard, C., Zenboudji, S., Ferchaud, A.-L., Arnal, V., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2014. Landscape genetics in mammals. Mammalia 78: 139-157.
  9. Du Toit, N., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Matthee, S., Matthee, C.A. 2013. Biogeography and host-related factors trump parasite life history: limited congruence among the genetic structures of specific ectoparasitic lice and their rodent hosts. Molecular Ecology 22: 5185-5204.
  10. Berthouly-Salazar, C., Hui, C., Blackburn, T.M., Gaboriaud, C., van Rensburg, B.J., Jansen van Vuuren, B. & Le Roux, J.J. 2013. Long-distance dispersal maximizes evolutionary potential during rapid geographic range expansion. Molecular Ecology 22: 5793-5804.
  11. Barnaud, A., Kalwij, J. M., McGeoch, M.A., Jansen van Vuuren, B. Accepted. Patterns and pathways of weed invasion: evidence from the spatial genetic structure of Raphanus raphanistrum. Biological Invasions 15: 2455-2465.
  12. Barnaud, A., Kalwij, J., Berthouly-Salazar, C., McGeoch, M. A., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2013. Are road verges corridors for weed invasion? Insights from the fine scale spatial genetic structure of Raphanus raphanistrum. Weed Research 53: 362-369.
  13. Smitz, N., Berthouly, C., Cornelis, D., Heller, R., Van Hooft, W. F., Chardonnet, P., Prins, H.H.T., Jansen van Vuuren, B., De Jongh, H.H., Michaux, J.R. 2013. Pan-African genetic structure in the African buffalo: Investigating subspecies divergence. PLoS One 8(2): e56235.
  14. Karsten, M., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Barnaud, A., Terblanche, J.S. 2013. How wide is wide enough in an area-wide pest management program? Lessons from the population genetics of the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata in South Africa. Plos One 8(1): e54281.
  15. Proco, D., Bedos, A., Greenslade, P., Janion, C., Skarżyński, D., Stevens, M., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Deharveng, L. 2012. Challenging species delimitation in Collembola: cryptic diversity among common springtails unveiled by DNA barcoding. Invertebrate Systematics 26: 470–477.
  16. Du Toit, N., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Matthee, S., Matthee, C.A. 2012. Biome specificity of distinct genetic lineages within the four-striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio (Rodentia: Muridae) from southern Africa with implications for taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 75-86.
  17. Berthouly-Salazar, C., Cassey, P., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Janse van Rensburg, B., Hui, C., Gardner, M.G., Le Roux, J.J. 2012. Development and characterization of 13 new, and cross amplification of 3, polymorphic nuclear microsatellite loci in the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis). Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 621-624.
  18. Berthouly-Salazar, C., Janse van Rensburg, B., Le Roux, J.J., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Hui, C. 2012.Spatial sorting drives morphological variation in the invasive bird, Acridotheris tristis. PloS one 7 (5), e38145.
  19. Born, C., Le Roux, P.C., Spohr, C., McGeoch, M.A., Jansen van Vuuren, B. 2012. Plant dispersal in the sub-Antarctic inferred from anisotropic genetic structure.  Molecular Ecology 21: 184-194.
  20. Mortimer, E., Jansen van Vuuren, B., Meiklejohn, K.I., Chown, S.L. 2012. Phylogeography of a mite, Halozetes fulvus, reflects the landscape history of a young volcanic island in the sub-Antarctic. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 131-145.