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Dr Celiwe A. Ngcamphalala

 

BSc, PGCE (U. Swaziland), BSc Honours (Rhodes), PhD (U. Pretoria)

John Day Zoology Building
Room 3.33
Phone: +27 +21 650 1628
Email: Celiwe.Ngcamphalala@uct.ac.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Swaziland (now Eswatini) Celiwe obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and Chemistry, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Swaziland. This was followed by a BSc Honours degree at Rhodes University. Both her undergraduate and honours projects involved some work on bats.  She went on to do her MSc at the University of Pretoria (UP), working on the foraging behaviour of white-bellied sunbirds. She also obtained her PhD from UP, her thesis aimed to draw attention to the welfare of southern African birds held in captivity for research purposes by assessing glucocorticoid stress responses to variable housing techniques and the subsequent physiological effects of variation in environmental temperatures while in the research setting. 

Her research interests include finding less-invasive methods for collecting physiological data to improve the welfare of research animals (current focus on birds), vertebrate responses to a changing environment (through both urbanization and climate change) and their respective applications to conservation.

 

Peer-reviewed articles

2021

Ngcamphalala CA, Bouwer M, Nicolson SW, Ganswindt A, McKechnie AE. 2021.  Experimental manipulation of air temperature in captivity appears unsuitable for evaluating fecal glucocorticoid metabolite responses of wild-caught birds to heat exposure. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 94:330-337.

Bouwer M, Ngcamphalala CA, Ganswindt A, McKechnie AE. 2021. Validation of a non-invasive technique for quantifying a stress-associated biomarker in a southern African hornbill. Journal of Ornithology,162:615-619.

Moagi LL, Bourne AR, Cunningham SJ, Jansen R, Ngcamphalala CA, Ganswindt A, Ridley AR, McKechnie AE. 2021.Hot days are associated with short-term adrenocortical responses in a southern African arid-zone passerine bird. Journal of Experimental Biology, 224: jeb242535.

 

2019

Jepsen EM, Ganswindt A, Ngcamphalala CA, Bourne AR, Ridley AR, McKechnie AE. 2109. Non-invasive monitoring of physiological stress in an Afrotropical arid-zone passerine bird, the southern pied babbler. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 276:60-68.

 

2018

Ngcamphalala CA, Bailey IE, Nicolson SW. 2018. Nectar intake and foraging efficiency: the responses of sunbirds to flower morphology. Journal of Ornithology, 159:1031-1041.

 

Students

2021

Kagiso Nhlapo (B.Sc. Honours: Biological Sciences) Developing a non-invasive method to measure the pressures of urban life for red-winged starlings (Onychognathus morio). Co-supervisors: Susan Cunningham, Petra Sumasgutner & Andrew McKechnie

Graduated

2019

Michelle Bouwer (B.Sc. Honours: Zoology). Non-invasive measures of stress levels in Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbills (Tockus leucomelas): A validation of faecal glucocorticoid metabolite assays. Co-supervisors: Andrew McKechnie & Andre Ganswindt (Registered at University of Pretoria)

2018

Emma Jepsen (B.Sc. Honours: Zoology). Non-invasive monitoring of physiological stress in an Afrotropical arid-zone passerine bird, the southern pied babbler. Co-supervisors: Andrew McKechnie & Andre Ganswindt (Registered at University of Pretoria)