Rhodes University Logo

Professor Martin H. Villet

PhD (Wits), PGDHE (Rhodes)

Head: Southern African Forensic Entomology Research Laboratory

phone +27 [0]46 603 8527
Fax +27 [0]46 622 8959
e-mail m.villet@ru.ac.za

Martin Villet CV

Past Postgraduate Student Supervision

  1. Mary Cole (PhD, 2017) - Systematics and biogeography of forest snails, Chondrocyclus (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda: Cyclophoridae) in southern Africa
  2. Colleen Hepburn (PhD, 2017) - The phenologies of macadamia (Proteaceae) and thrips (Insecta: Thysanoptera) communities in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
  3. Megan Amy Riddin (PhD, 2017) - The epidemiology of African horse sickness in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
  4. Chantal Taylor (MSc, 2016) - Phylogeographical studies of aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna of the southern Great Escarpment. (With distinction)
  5. Lenin Chari (PhD, 2016) - The role of invertebrate aerial predators in cross-boundaries trophic subsidies in the Kowie River catchment.
  6. Sydney Moyo (PhD, 2016) - The role of mayflies and caddisflies in cross-boundaries trophic subsidies in the Kowie River catchment.
  7. Werner Strümpher (PhD, 2016) - Phylogeographic studies of Trogidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea)
  8. Kirstin Williams (PhD, 2015) – Systematics of Lucilia (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in Africa.
  9. Jaryd Ridgeway (MSc, 2015) - Real-time PCR as a tool in insect pathology.
  10. Isabel Collett (MSc, 2015) - Barcoding of forensically significant South African Beetles.
  11. Megan Riddin (MSc, 2014) - Phylogenetics and biogeography of Mesobola (Pisces: Cyprinidae).
  12. Goetz Neef (MSc, 2014) - Phylogeography of South African forest swallotails (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae).
  13. John M. Midgley (PhD, 2013) – Epigaeic invertebrate biodiversity of the eastern Great Escarpment.
  14. Ashley Kirk-Spriggs (PhD, 2012) - Systematics and biogeography of the Afrotropical Curtonotidae (Diptera).
  15. Helen M. Barber-James (PhD, 2011) - Systematics, morphology, phylogeny and historical biogeography of the mayfly family Prosopistomatidae (Ephemeroptera: Insecta) of the World (Employed at the Albany Museum).
  16. Terence A. Bellingan (MSc, 2011) - Aquatic invertebrate biodiversity in the Tsitsikamma rivers.
  17. Benjamin W. Price (PhD, 2010) - Molecular phylogeny of the southern African platypleurine cicadas.
  18. Nolwazi Mkize (PhD, 2009) - Pests of cultivated (Olea europaea L.) and wild (Olea europea africana) olive trees in the Eastern Cape (Employed at the National Department of Agriculture).
  19. Cameron S. Richards (PhD, 2008) - Thermoecology of blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in South Africa. (Employed at Natural History Museum, London)
  20. Simon Kamande Kuria (PhD, 2007) - Influence of gall-dwelling ants on invertebrate biodiversity on the swollen-thorn acacia, Acacia drepanolobium in Kenya. (Employed by Walter Sisulu University).
  21. Abraham S. Chawanji (PhD, 2007) - Comparative spermatology and reproductive strategies in cicadas: taxonomic and phylogenetic considerations (Emigrated to New Zealand).
  22. Charles M. Warui (PhD, 2005) - Biomonitoring of grazing by cattle and indigenous herbivores in Kenyan savanna using spiders (Employed by National Museums of Kenya).
  23. Mark Robertson (PhD, 2003) - Preditive modelling of species' potential geographical distributions (Employed by University of Pretoria).
  24. Tamara J. Smith (PhD, 2003) - The Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) and its biological control in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa (Employed by South African National Biodiversity Institute).
  25. Colleen Hepburn (MSc cum laude, 2008) - Composition and phenology of insect pests in Capsicum (Solanaceae) cultivated in the Makana District, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. (Independent agricultural consultant)
  26. Kierryn Gendall (MSc, 2008) - Agathis bishopi (Braconidae): its biology and usefulness as a biological control agent for false codling moth (FCM), Cryptophlebia leucotreta, on citrus.
  27. John M. Midgley (MSc, 2008) - Aspects of the thermal ecology of six species of carcass beetles in South Africa. (Continued to PhD)
  28. Unathi L.P. Heshula (MSc, 2005) - Biological control value of Falconia intermedia on Lantana camara in the Eastern Cape (Continued to PhD).
  29. Alfred Stemele (MSc, 2005) - Effects of Bt and intercropping with Artemesia on Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella) and its parasitoids in small-scale cabbage farms (Registered at UFH).
  30. Sicelo Nofemela (MSc, 2004) - The ecology of certain parasitoids of Plutella xylostella (Employed by Agricultural Research Council).
  31. Nolwazi Mkize (MSc, 2004) - Control of diamondack moth on cabbages by small-scale farmers in the Eastern Cape (Employed by Agricultural Research Council; Continued to PhD).
  32. Nomahlubi Sishuba (MSc, 2004) - Biological control of False Codling Moth (Cryptophlebia leucotreta) in citrus (Employed by Agricultural Research Council; Continued to PhD).
  33. Kirstin A. Williams (MSc, 2003) - Spatial and temporal occurrence of forensically important South African blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) (Employed by Durban Natural Scieince Museum).
  34. Angela Bownes (MSc, 2003) - The structure of ant communities and their impact on soil-pupating pests in citrus orchards in the Grahamstown area of the Eastern Cape (Employed by Agricultural Research Council; continued to PhD).
  35. Nicola Lunt (MSc, 2003) - Applied studies of some Southerm African blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of forensic importance (Employed at Marwell Trust; continued to PhD).
  36. Satch Moshiane (MSc, 2002) - The ecology of Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella) in canola crops (Employed by Agricultural Research Council).
  37. Jennifer Youthed (MSc, 1997) - A predictive biogeography for selected alien plant invaders in South Africa. (Employed by Eastern Cape Government).

 Selected Forensic Research Publications

  1. STRÜMPHER WP, SOLE CL, VILLET MH & SCHOLTZ CH. 2016. Allopatric speciation in the flightless Phoberus capensis (Coleoptera: Trogidae) group, with description of two new species. Insect Systematics & Evolution DOI: 10.1163/1876312X-47022138.
  2. STRÜMPHER WP, VILLET MH, SOLE CL, SCHOLTZ CH. 2016. Overview and revision of the extant genera and subgenera of Trogidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea). Insect Systematics & Evolution 47: 53 – 82. DOI: 10.1163/1876312X-46052133.
  3. WILLIAMS KA, VILLET MH, LAMB J. 2016. Phylogenetic radiation of the greenbottle flies (Diptera, Calliphoridae, Luciliinae). ZooKeys 568: 59-86. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.568.6696.
  4. JANNION-SCHEEPERS C, MEASEY J, BRASCHLER B, CHOWN SL, COETZEE L, COLVILLE J, DAMES J, DAVIES AB, DAVIES SJ, DAVIS A, DIPPENAAR-SCHOEMAN AS, DUFFY GA, FOURIE D, GRIFFITHS C, HADDAD CR, HAMER M, HERBERT D, HUGO-COETZEE EA, JACOBS A, JANSEN VAN RENSBURG C, LAMANI S, LOTZ LN, LOUW S VDM, LYLE R, MALAN AP, MARAIS M, NEETHLING J-A, NXELE T, PLISKO D, PRENDINI L, RINK AN, SWART A, THERON P, TRUTER M, UECKERMANN E, UYS VM, VILLET MH & WILLOWS-MUNROW S, WILSON JRU. 2016. Soil biota in a megadiverse country: current knowledge and future research directions in South Africa. Pedobiology DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2016.03.004
  5. AMENDT J, CAMPOBASSO CP, DADOUR IR, GAUDRY E, HALL MJR, VILLET MH, MORETTI TC, ANDERSON GS, SUKONTASON KL, 2015. Standard practices. In: Tomberlin JK, Benbow ME, eds. International Dimensions and Frontiers in Forensic Entomology. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.
  6. VILLET MH, 2015. History, accomplishments, and challenges of forensic entomology in Africa. In: Tomberlin JK, Benbow ME, eds. International Dimensions and Frontiers in Forensic Entomology. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.
  7. VILLET MH, 2015. Forensic significance. In: Kirk-Spriggs AH, Sinclair B, eds. Manual of Afrotropical Diptera. Pretoria: South African National Biodiversity Institute.
    WILLIAMS KA, VILLET MH, 2014. Morphological identification of Lucilia sericata, Lucilia cuprina and their hybrids (Diptera, Calliphoridae). ZooKeys 420:69-85.
  8. WILLIAMS KA, RICHARDS CS, VILLET MH, 2014. Predicting the geographic distribution of Lucilia sericata and Lucilia cuprina (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in southern Africa. African Invertebrates 55: 157-170.
  9. STRÜMPHER WP, SOLE CL, VILLET MH, SCHOLTZ CH, 2014. Phylogeny of the family Trogidae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear ribosomal DNA sequence data. Systematic Entomology 39: 548-562.
  10. RIDGEWAY JA, MIDGLEY JM, COLLETT IJ, VILLET MH, 2014. Advantages of using development models of the carrion beetles Thanatophilus micans (Fabricius) and T. mutilatus (Castelneau) (Coleoptera: Silphidae) for estimating minimum post mortem intervals, verified with case data. Int. J. Legal Med. 128: 207-220.
  11. WILLIAMS KA, VILLET MH, 2013. Ancient and modern hybridization between Lucilia sericata and Lucilia cuprina (Diptera: Calliphoridae). European Journal of Entomology 110: 187-196.
  12. MARINHO MAT, JUNQUEIRA ACM, PAULO DF, ESPOSITO MC, VILLET MH, AZEREDO-ESPIN AML, 2012. Molecular phylogenetics of Oestroidea (Diptera: Calyptratae) with emphasis on Calliphoridae: insights into the inter-familial relationships and additional evidence for paraphyly among blowflies. Mol. Phylog. Evol. 65: 840-854.
  13. PICARD CJ, VILLET MH, WELLS JD, 2012. Amplified fragment length polymorphism confirms reciprocal monophyly in Chrysomya putoria and Chrysomya chloropyga: a correction of reported shared mtDNA haplotypes. Med. Vet. Entomol. 26: 116-119.
  14. VILLET MH, 2011. African carrion ecosystems and their insect communities in relation to forensic entomology: a review. Pest Technology 5: 1-15.
  15. VILLET MH, AMENDT J, 2011. Advances in entomological methods for estimating time of death. In: Turk EE, ed. Forensic Pathology Reviews. Heidelberg: Humana Press. in press.
  16. SZPILA K, VILLET MH, 2011. Morphology and identification of first instar larvae of African blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) commonly of forensic importance. Med. Vet. Entomol.48:738-752.
  17. MIDGLEY JM, RICHARDS CS, VILLET MH, 2010. The utility of Coleoptera in forensic investigations. In: Amendt J, Campobasso CP, Goff ML, Grassberger M, eds. Current Concepts in Forensic Entomology. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 57-68.
  18. VILLET MH, RICHARDS CS, MIDGLEY JM, 2010. Contemporary precision, bias and accuracy of minimum post-mortem intervals estimated using development of carrion-feeding insects. In: Amendt J, Campobasso CP, Goff ML, Grassberger M, eds. Current Concepts in Forensic Entomology. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 109-137.
  19. MIDGLEY JM, VILLET MH, 2009. Development of Thanatophilus micans (Fabricius 1794) (Coleoptera: Silphidae) at constant temperatures. Int. J. Legal Med.123:285-292.
  20. MIDGLEY JM, VILLET MH, 2009. Effect of the killing method on post-mortem change in length of larvae of Thanatophilus micans (Fabricius, 1794) (Coleoptera: Silphidae) stored in 70% ethanol. Int. J. Legal Med.123:103-108.
  21. RICHARDS CS, CROUS KL, VILLET MH, 2009. Models of development for the blow fly sister species Chrysomya chloropyga and C. putoria. Med. Vet. Entomol.23:56-61.
  22. RICHARDS CS, VILLET MH, 2009. Data quality in thermal summation models of development of forensically important blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae): a case study. Med. Vet. Entomol.23:269-276.
  23. RICHARDS CS, PRICE BW, VILLET MH, 2009. Thermal ecophysiology of seven carrion-feeding blowflies in Southern Africa. Ent. Exp. Appl.131:11-19.
  24. RICHARDS CS, WILLIAMS KA, VILLET MH, 2009. Predicting geographic distribution of seven blowfly species (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in South Africa. Afr. Entomol.17:170-182.
  25. TOURLE RA, DOWNIE DA, VILLET MH, 2009. Flies in the ointment: a morphological and molecular comparison of Lucilia cuprina and L. sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae) in South Africa. Med. Vet. Entomol.23:6-14.
  26. HARVEY ML, GAUDIERI S, VILLET MH, DADOUR IR, 2008. A global study of forensically significant calliphorids: implications for identification. Forensic Sci. Int.177:66-76.
  27. RICHARDS CS, PATERSON ID, VILLET MH, 2008. Estimating the age of immature Chrysomya albiceps (Diptera: Calliphoridae), correcting for temperature and geographical latitude. Int. J. Legal Med.122:271-279.
  28. RICHARDS CS, VILLET MH, 2008. Factors affecting accuracy and precision of thermal summation models of insect development used to estimate postmortem intervals. Int. J. Legal Med.122:401-408.
  29. VILLET MH, 2007. An inexpensive geometrical micrometer for measuring small, live insects quickly without harming them. Ent. Exp. Appl.122:279-280.
  30. WILLIAMS KA, VILLET MH 2006. A history of southern African research relevant to forensic entomology. South African Journal of Science 102, 59-65.
  31. WILLIAMS KA, VILLET MH, 2006. A new and earlier record of Chrysomya megacephala in South Africa, with notes on another exotic species, Calliphora vicina (Diptera: Calliphoridae). Afr. Invert. 47:347-350.
  32. VILLET MH, MACKENZIE B, MULLER WJ, 2006. Larval development of the carrion-breeding flesh fly Sarcophaga (Liosarcophaga) tibialis Macquart (Diptera: Sarcophagidae) at constant temperatures. Afr. Entomol. 14:357-366.
  33. HARVEY ML, MANSELL MW, VILLET MH, DADOUR IR, 2003. Molecular identification of some forensically important blowflies of southern Africa and Australia. Med. Vet. Entomol. 17:363-369.
  34. MUSVASVA E, WILLIAMS KA, MULLER WJ, VILLET MH, 2001. Preliminary observations on the effects of hydrocortisone and sodium methohexital on development of Sarcophaga (Curranea) tibialis Macquart (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), and implications for estimating post mortem interval. Forensic Sci. Int. 120:37-41.

Last Modified :Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:07:17 SAST