Dr Tatenda Dalu
Claude Leon Post-Doctoral Fellow
BSc Hons (UZ), MSc (UZ), PhD (Rhodes)
Office: S17, Life Sciences Building, African St
Phone: +27 83 3087633
Research Interests: Plankton ecology, trophic ecology, biodiversity and conservation
Recent research publication:
- Marufu L, Dalu T, Phiri C and Nhiwatiwa T. 2017. Diet composition of tigerfish, Hydrocynus vittatus (Castelnau 1861) inferred using stomach content and stable isotope analyses. Annales de limnologie-International Journal of Limnology. 53:47–56.
- Wasserman RJ, Whitfield AK, Welch RJ and Dalu T. 2017. Are nest sites a limiting resource for a speleophilic roof-top nesting goby in sand dominated temporarily open/closed estuaries? Environmental Biology of Fishes. 100(2):187–191.
- Dalu T, Wasserman RJ and Dalu MTB. 2017. Agricultural intensification and drought frequency increases may have landscape level consequences for ephemeral ecosystems. Global Change Biology. 23(3):983–985. Featured on BBC News Online and Freshwater Matters
- Dalu T, Wasserman RJ, Vink TF and Weyl OLF. 2017. Sex and species specific isotopic niche specialisation increases with trophic complexity: evidence from an ephemeral pool ecosystem. Scientific Reports. 7:43229.
- Nhiwatiwa T and Dalu T. 2017. Seasonal variation in pans in relation to limno-chemistry, size, hydroperiod, and river connectivity in a semi-arid subtropical region. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth A/B/C. 97(Feb):37–45.
- Nhiwatiwa T, Dalu T and Brendonck L. 2017. Impact of irrigation based sugarcane cultivation on the Chiredzi and Runde Rivers quality, Zimbabwe. Science of the Total Environment. 587–588(1 Jun):316–325.
- Dalu MTB, Wasserman RJ, Maposa VG and Dalu T. 2017. Environmental traps in developing countries: the case of Dema emergency diesel power plant (EPP), Zimbabwe. Journal of Cleaner Production. 150(1 May):123–126.
- Jordaan MS, Dalu T, Wasserman RJ, Slabbert E and Weyl OLF. 2017. Unexpected survival of sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell 1822) during acute rotenone toxicity trials will complicate management of invasions. Biological Invasions. 19(6):1739–1744.
- Nhiwatiwa T, Brendonck L and Dalu T. 2017. Understanding factors structuring zooplankton and macroinvertebrate assemblages in ephemeral pans. Limnologica. 64(May):11–19.
- Dalu T, Wasserman RJ, Magoro M, Mwedzi T, Froneman PW and Weyl OLF. 2017. Variation partitioning of benthic diatom community matrices: Effect of multiple variables on benthic diatom communities in an Austral temperate river system. Science of the Total Environment. 601–602(1 Dec):73–82.
- Nhiwatiwa T, Dalu T and Brendonck L. 2017. Streptocephalus Sangoensis (Anostraca, Streptocephalidae), a new large Branchiopod species for southern Africa. Crustaceana. In press.
- Dalu T, Wasserman RJ, Tonkin JD, Alexander ME, Dalu MTB, Motitso S, Manungo KI, Bepe O and Dube T. 2017. Assessing drivers of benthic macroinvertebrate community structure in African highland streams: an exploration using multivariate analysis. Science of the Total Environment. 601–602(1 Dec):1340–1348.
- Dalu MTB, Wasserman RJ and Dalu T. 2017. Can Potamonautids be used as umbrella invertebrate species for conservation: identifying opportunities and challenges related to community sustainable livelihoods. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth ABC. DOI: 10.1016/j.pce.2017.06.007.
- Suárez-Morales E, Wasserman RJ and Dalu T. 2016. ERRATUM: Suárez-Morales E, Wasserman RJ and Dalu T. 2015. A new species of Lovenula Schmeil (Copepoda, Calanoida, Diaptomidae) from East Cape Province, South Africa [88(3):324–342]. Crustaceana. 89(10):1239.
- Dalu T, Sachikonye MTB, Alexander ME, Dube T, Froneman PW, Manungo KI, Bepe A and Wasserman RJ. 2016. Ecological assessment of two species of Potamonautid freshwater crabs from the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, with implications for their conservation. PLoS One. 11(1):e0145923.
- Bere T, Dalu T and Mwedzi T. 2016. Detecting the impact of heavy metal contaminated sediment on benthic macroinvertebrate communities in tropical streams. Science of the Total Environment. 572:147–156.
- Dalu T, Richoux NB and Froneman PW. 2016. Nature and source of suspended particulate matter and detritus along an austral temperate river-estuary continuum, assessed using stable isotope analysis. Hydrobiologia. 767(1):95–110.
- Dalu T, Weyl OLF, Froneman PW and Wasserman RJ. 2016. Trophic interactions in an Austral temperate ephemeral pond inferred using stable isotope analysis.Hydrobiologia. 768(1):81–94.
- Wasserman RJ, Alexander ME, Barrios-O’Neill D, Weyl OLF and Dalu T. 2016. Using functional responses to assess predator hatching phenology implications for pioneering prey in arid temporary pools. Journal of Plankton Research. 38(1):154–158.
- Wasserman RJ, Alexander ME, Barrios-O'Neill D, Weyl OLF, Froneman PW and Dalu T. 2016. Emergent impacts of structural complexity and temperature on predator-prey dynamics of ephemeral pond pioneer species. Ecosphere. 7(2):e01239.
- Dalu T, Tambara E, Chari LD, Moyo S and Nhiwatiwa T. 2016. A test of the Lake Habitat Survey method in Cleveland Reservoir and Lake Chivero (Manyame River Basin, Zimbabwe). Water SA. 42(1):102–111.
- Dalu T, Bere T and Froneman PW. 2016. Assessment of water quality based on diatom indices in a small temperate river system: a case of the Kowie River, South Africa. Water SA. 42(2):183–193.
- Sachikonye MTB, Dalu T and Gunter A. 2016. Sustainable livelihood principles and urban greening in informal settlements in practice: A case of Zandspruit informal settlement, Johannesburg. Development Southern Africa. 33(4):518–531.
- Dalu T and Froneman PW. 2016. Diatom based water quality monitoring in Africa: challenges and future prospects. Water SA. 42(4):551–559.
- Dalu T, Richoux NB and Froneman PW. 2016. Distribution of benthic diatom communities in a permanently open temperate estuary, in relation to physico-chemical variables. South Africa Journal of Botany. 107(Nov):31–38.
- Wasserman RJ, Alexander ME, Dalu T, Ellender BR, Kaiser H and Weyl OLF. 2016. Using functional responses to quantify interaction effects among predators. Functional Ecology. 30(Dec):1988–1998.
- Dalu T, Galloway AWE, Richoux NB and Froneman PW. 2016. The effects of substrate on biologically important fatty acids produced by phytobenthos in an austral temperate river. Freshwater Science. 35(4):1189–1201.
- Weyl OLF, Barrow S, Bellingan T, Dalu T, Woodford D, Jordaan M, Gouws J, Impson D, Wasserman RJ and Ellender BR. 2016. Evaluating fish and macro-invertebrate recovery rates in the Rondegat River, Western Cape, after river rehabilitation by alien fish removal using rotenone: Guidelines for monitoring invertebrate and fish recovery rates following river rehabilitation using rotenone in clear water streams. Water Research Commission Project K5/2261 Report, Pretoria. pp. 1–72.
- Dalu T, Taylor JC, Richoux NB and Froneman PW. 2015. The morphology and distribution of Entomoneis paludosa (W Smith) Reimer in African waters. Fottea. 15(1):11–25.
- Dalu T, Wasserman RJ, Jordaan M, Froneman PW and Weyl OLF. 2015. An assessment of the effect of rotenone concentrations on selected non-target aquatic fauna. PLoS One. 10(11): e0142140.
- Wasserman RJ, Vink TJF, Dalu T and Froneman PW. 2015. Fish predation regimes modify benthic diatom community structures: experimental evidence from an in situ mesocosm study. Austral Ecology. 40(7):806–815.
- Dalu T, Dube T, PW Froneman, Sachikonye MTB, Clegg BW and Nhiwatiwa T. 2015. An assessment of chlorophyll-a concentration spatio-temporal variation using LANDSAT satellite data, in a small tropical reservoir. Geocarto International. 30(10):1130–1143.
- Dalu T, Bere T, Richoux NB and Froneman PW. 2015. Assessment of the spatial and temporal variation in periphyton communities along a small temperate river system: A multimetric and stable isotope analysis approach.South African Journal of Botany. 100(Sep):203–212.
- Suárez-Morales E, Wasserman RJ and Dalu T. 2015. A new species of Lovenula Schmeil (Copepoda, Calanoida, Diaptomidae) from East Cape Province, South Africa. Crustaceana. 88(3):324–342. Featured in The WaterWheel July/August 2015 magazine, and on the ECOSUR and SAIAB websites.