Cape Rockjumper Chaetops frenatus Scientific name definitions
Version: 2.0 — Published May 17, 2021
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This information is based primarily on data collected as part of Krista N Oswald's Masters and PhD from Nelson Mandela University and Rhodes University respectively, and includes a fair number of her personal observations.
The main bulk of the field work took place primarily at Blue Hill Nature Reserve in South Africa, where Team Rockjumper was hosted by the Lee family. Krista's work could not have been accomplished without the help of her supervisors (Drs Ben Smit, Alan Lee, Susie Cunningham, and Shelley Edwards) and the help of many field assistants over the years. Long-term field assistants included: Audrey Miller (gold-medal returning champion), Gavin Emmons, Alacia Welch, Jenny Tartini, Cristina Ebneter, Kate Beer, Ruby Merriman, Daniel Lambe-Hyner, Kelly Jones, Cameryn Brock (bronze-medal), Lizzie and John Diener (silver medal), Ceili Peng, Gabriel Foley, Sophie Monsarrat and Alex Thouzeau. Shorter-term assistants included Nicholas Pattinson, Jo Balmer, Maxine Smit, Brian Haslett, and Matthew Dunn.
Krista's research was funded by the above universities, as well as a few additional grants from: SANBI, FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Tygerberg Bird Club, CapeNature, BirdLife South Africa, and Animal Behavior Society. All universities approved the ethics applications, and all reserves and private land granted permission for the study. Earlier work (without which Krista's research could not have occurred) on the Cape Rockjumper was carried out primarily at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology by Robin Milne (13) and Richard Holmes (15).