Evans Vusani Mauda

E‌ntomology Doctoral Candidate   

Office: S9, Second Floor, Life Science Building
Email: mauda.evans@gmail.com

Conservation Biology, University of Venda (2012)
MSc, Zoology, University of Venda (2016)

Thesis title: Steps towards prioritization of biological control agents of African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum)

Supervisor: Dr Grant Martin, Co-supervisor: Prof Martin Hill

Mr Evans Vusani Mauda is a PhD candidate in Entomology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He received his Bachelor and MSc Degree in Zoology, University of Venda, South Africa. For his MSc, he worked on “Ant and spider diversity in a rural landscape of the Vhembe Biosphere, South Africa”. He has always been passionate by everything related to entomology, and related fields.

Project background

His current work continues in the same purpose this time focusing on the Biological control of Native South African plant, African boxthorn, (Lycium ferocissimum) which has been invasive in Australia. Evans will be looking into identifying insects associated with L. ferocissimum in the native range South Africa. His current work aims to identify a biological control agent to be used in Australia with the help of Australian government through CSIRO collaboration with Rhodes University, Zoology and Entomology department and also determine the distribution of the plant in South Africa.

Research Interests
  • Entomological Ecology
  • Myrmecology
  • Biological Control of Invasive Terrestrial plants
  • AntsBiodiversity and Conservation
Recent publications

Foord, S.H., Swanepoel, L.H., Evans, S.W., Schoeman, C.S., Schoeman, M.C., Keith, M., Erasmus, B.F.N., Smith, A., Mauda, E.V., Maree, N., Nembudani, L., Dippenaar-Schoeman, A.S., Munyai, T.C. & Taylor, P.J. (2018) Animal taxa contrast in their scale-dependent responses to land use change in rural Africa. Plos One. 13(5): e0194336. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194336.

Joseph, G.S., Mauda, E.V., Seymour, C.L., Munyai, T.C., Dippenaar-Schoeman, A. & Foord, S.H. (2017) Landuse Change in Savannas Disproportionately Reduces Functional Diversity of Invertebrate Predators at the Highest Trophic Levels: Spiders as an Example impacts on invertebrate population dynamics may increase the possibility of a breakdown in pest control. Ecosystems.

Mauda, E.V., Joseph, G.S., Seymour, C.L., Munyai, T.C. & Foord, S.H. (2017) Changes in landuse alter ant diversity, assemblage composition and dominant functional groups in African savannas. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1–19.

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