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Dr Thembeka Nxele 

I am a curator of Oligochaeta meaning I do taxonomy research on terrestrial earthworms focusing mainly on indigenous fauna. I started my research on earthworms in 2011, working on the taxonomy, distribution and ecology of earthworms. I am currently responsible for everything in the collection. I curate and database the specimens and make sure that the collection is in correct classification all the time. My research interests include systematics, biodiversity and conservation biology, biogeography and genetics of indigenous earthworms.

I recently completed my PhD, revising a group of earthworms found only in the Western and Northern Cape, along the Atlantic Ocean. I am also part of the SERGSA, which include all researchers working on soil fauna, whose purpose is to increase the awareness and research of soil fauna in South Africa.   


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