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Potiphar M. Kaliba

PhD Student (University of Cape Town)

Email: pmkaliba [at] yahoo.com

Thesis title:
Comparative phylogeography of Malawi birds and small mammals.

Co-supervised with: Prof Tim Crowe (University of Cape Town)

 

Field of Interest

I did my undergraduate study at the University of Malawi and graduated with BEd (Science) majoring in Biology in 1994 and MSc in Conservation Biology (2006). I work for the Museums of Malawi in the Department of Ornithology. I developed interest in research through field work and expeditions that I have been involved in, and this was the tool that gave me a good back ground on issues of conservation which was a requirement for the MSc program in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town (Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology). I will be starting my PhD towards mid 2007.

My research interests are mainly on Phylogeographical relationships in birds, small mammals and other faunal taxa using molecular data to help formulate management plans for systematic conservation. My MSc research thesis was on Faunal turnover between east and southern Africa birds and small mammals: is Malawi the geographical break? My PhD research will still focus on faunal turnover within the Malawi Rift but covering a wider range of taxa.

 

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Publications

  • Kaliba, P.M. 2006. Faunal turnover between east and southern Africa birds and small mammals: is Malawi the geographical break? MSc thesis. University of Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Kaliba, P.M. 2005. Birds. In Biological Diversity in Malawi Report. Dudley, C.O. (Ed.). Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi, Limbe, Malawi.

  • Kaliba, P.M. 2004. Birds of Tsamba, Ntchisi and Mughese. In: Management of Biodiversity in Protected Areas of Malawi Report. Dudley, C.O. (Ed.) National Herbarium and Botanical Gardens of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi.

 

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