Funding Year 2009

Project: 9/1 Minimizing the impact of cane toads on Australian Freshwater Crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) using Conditioned Taste Aversion Learning.
Student: Ruchira Somaweera (Australia)  
Institution(s): University of Sydney
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/2 Crocodile conservation in the Congo Basin. This study will capitalize on an integrated field and molecular ecological approach to unravelling the mysteries of the Slender-snouted Crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus).
Student: Matthew Shirley (USA)  
Institution(s): University of Florida
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/3 Study on the effects of climatic variables on reproduction of adults and on hatchling sex (considering TSD) in Caiman latirostris in Santa Fe Province.
Student: Melina Simoncini (Argentina)  
Institution(s): Proyecto Yacaré, University of Santa Fe;
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/4 To establish the effect of red fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) on Broad-snouted Caiman (Caiman latirostris) reproduction.
Student: Virginia Parachu Marco (Argentina)
Institution(s): Proyecto Yacaré; Cordoba University
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/5 Evaluation of the conservation program for the Babilla (Caiman crocodilus fuscus) as a strategy for sustainable use of wetlands in the Department of Atlántico.
Student: Ayari Maria Rojano Marin (Colombia)  
Institution(s): Universidad del Atlántico
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/6 Steroid profiling in crocodilian urine and plasma by gas-chromatography/mass spectrometry.
Student: Lizette Bekker (South Africa)
Institution(s): University of Pretoria
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/7 Conservation of Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) based on the community participatory approach.
Student: Fang Zhang (China)  
Institution(s): College of Life Science, Anhui Normal University
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/8 Mating system determination on Broad-snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) using molecular markers. Contributions to the sustainable use.
Student: Patricia Amavet (Argentina)  
Institution(s): Proyecto Yacaré; Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/9 Isolation and characterization of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in caiman leukocytes.
Student: Pablo Siroski (Argentina)  
Institution(s): Proyecto Yacaré; Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias de Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina); Department of Chemistry, McNeese State University (USA)
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/10 Evaluation of pesticide effects on environmentally-exposed wild Caiman latirostris populations: genetic, physiological and development alterations.
Student: Gisela Poletta (Argentina)  
Institution(s): Proyecto Yacaré; Facultad de Bioquímica y Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional del Litoral; Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/11 Population structure and genetic variation in the Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis).
Student: Rheyda Hinlo (Philippines)  
Institution(s): Massey University (New Zealand)
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/12 Population ecology and human-crocodile conflict of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in the Lower Zambezi River.
Student: Kevin Wallace (South Africa)  
Institution(s): Imperial College (London); University of
 Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/13 Ethno-ecology and conservation of Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) in the Ilha Grande Municipality, northeast Brazil.
Student: Roberta Rocha da Silva Leite (Brazil)  
Institution(s): Universidade Federal do Pianui
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/14 Adaption of Caiman latirostris to urban, rural and coastal habitats - population dynamics, reproduction and diet.
Student: Ricardo Freitas Filho (Brazil)  
Institution(s): Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/15 Population genetics of the Brown caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus) on Coiba.
Student: Mike Vandewege (USA)  
Institution(s): Texas Tech University
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/17 Accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) as a consequence of aerial spraying to eradicate tsetse fly from the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Student: Vincent Shacks (South Africa)  
Institution(s): Rhodes University
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/18 Natural history of the Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam.
Student: Kristian Robert Pahl (Germany)  
Institution(s): Alexander Koenig Research Museum - University of Bonn; Cologne Zoo
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/19 Ecological and conservation implications of skull morphometrics in sympatric species of crocodilians.
Student: Ashley Pearcy (Netherlands)  
Institution(s): Institute of Biology, Leiden University
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/20 Nest defence strategies of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).
Student: Dusty Savage (USA)  
Institution(s): McNeese State University
Status: Complete (final report)

Project: 9/21 Genetic structure and flow of genes of Crocodylus moreletii in Mexico.
Student: Alejandro Villegas (Mexico)  
Institution(s): Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Xochimilco
Status:   Complete (final report)