CURSWAN ANDREWS

Curswan Andrews
Research Title: 
Testing hypotheses of gummivory in a wider range of primate taxa, combining techniques in anatomy and physiology.

Mr Curswan Andrews carried out his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Fort Hare. He obtained a BSc with Distinction in Microbiology and Zoology in 2011; a BSc (Hons) in Zoology with Distinction in 2012; and his MSc in Zoology with Distinction (under the supervision of Dr. Fabien Génin, Prof. Judith Masters and Prof. Jörg Ganzhorn) in 2014.

The research focus for his MSc was centred on the evolutionary trajectory of gum-feeding in primates using bushbabies (Galago) and mouse lemurs (Microcebus) as focal species. Currently he is pursuing his Doctoral studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univerity, testing hypotheses of gummivory in a wider range of primate taxa, and combining techniques in anatomy and physiology. He participated in an internship programme at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) between December 2010 and February 2011 and has attended several national workshops dealing with topics from the habitability of the planet to refining presentation skills. Currently, he and his co-authors have 2 book chapters and a research article in prep. His research has been presented at national and international conferences.

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