Dr Candice Ann Owen

Lecturer in Entomology

Email: candice.a.owen@gmail.com
Office: 
F17.1, First Floor, Life Science Building

PhD, Entomology, Rhodes University (2016)

Candice completed her PhD at Rhodes University in 2016. She followed it with two years as a postdoctoral fellow looking at the link between thermal tolerance and respiratory rates. In 2018 Candice took up a position as an entomology lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology teaching courses on insect form and function, and plant-insect interactions to undergraduate students, while also supervising student projects. Her main research body looks at the interaction between thermal physiology and metabolism. Candice hopes that by exploring the link between the two, and how they change with eachother, she can show how climate change could be expected to affect insects in the future.

Research interests
  • Insect thermal physiology
  • Insect metabolism
  • Climate change
  • Insect behaviour
Recent publications

OWEN, C. A., COETZEE, J. A. & VAN NOORT, S. 2014. Distributional range of the South African maritime spider-egg parasitoid wasp, Echthrodesis lamorali (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae: Scelioninae). African Invertebrates 55 (2): 323-332.

OWEN, C. A., COETZEE, J. A., VAN NOORT, S. & AUSTIN, A. D. 2017. Assessing the morphological and physiological adaptations of the parasitoid wasp Echthrodesis lamorali for survival in an intertidal environment. Physiological Entomology 42 (2): 173-180. DOI: 10.1111/phen.12187.

MVANDABA, S.F., COETZEE, J.A., OWEN, C.A. & HILL, M.P. 2018. The thermal physiology of Stenopelmus rufinasus and Neohydronomus affinis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), two biological control agents for the invasive alien aquatic weeds, Azolla filiculoides and Pistia stratiotes in South Africa. Biocontrol Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1080/09583157.2018.1525484

OWEN, C.A., VAN NOORT, S., COMPTON, S. & COETZEE, J.A. 2018. Nest site choice by the intertidal spider Desis formidabilis (Araneae: Desidae) and nest utilisation by its hymenopteran egg parasitoid. Ecological Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1111/een.12675

 

Students Supervised

Final Year Undergraduate BSc Students

2016    Frances Green, Rhodes University. Project title: Physical gill formation in South Africa’s only maritime parasitoid wasp, Echthrodesis lamorali.

2018    Janais Delport, Rhodes University. Project title: The behaviour of Neochetina eichhorniae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) at various temperatures and how this effects its efficacy as a biological control agent.

2018    Elizabeth van der Merwe, Rhodes University. Project title: The impact of temperature on the feeding and gut passage time of Neochetina eichhorniae Warner (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a biological control agent of Eichhornia crassipes (C.Mart.).

2018    Andrew Meiklejohn, Rhodes University. Project title: Collembola and mite diversity in Antarctic substrate, and thermal tolerance of collembola from a more temperate region.

BSc Hons. Students

2018    Daniel Rogers, Rhodes University. Project title: Is Neochetina eichhorniae freeze resistant or freeze tolerant?

MSc Students

2017       Sisanda Mvandaba, Rhodes University. Project title: The thermal physiology of Stenopelmus rufinasus and Neohydronomus affinis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), two biological control agents of the invasive alien aquatic weeds, Azolla filiculoides and Pistia stratiotes respectively.

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