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Having been lucky enough to spend most of my school holidays walking up and down deserted beaches in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, coupled with adventures to the midlands and Rhodes Village all in the pursuit of fish, I learned very quickly how little I knew about the natural world - let alone the entire world. This realization put me on the path of science and quite serendipitously in the field of Ichthyology. I hope to use this education to grow myself and those around me as much as possible.

Neil A. Hiestermann

Honours Student

Rhodes University

Research interests

Comparative physiology, freshwater and estuarine ecology, integrated aquaculture, anthropology

Current research

Measuring fish heart rates to understand their physiological response to thermal variability.

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