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Elsje Kleynhans

  • Entomologist
  • Postgraduate Student
  • South African Sugarcane Research Institute
  • 5PublicationsNumber of items in Elsje's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers


I finished my MSc at Stellenbosch University. My academic record is of high standard. Furthermore, I am a thorough and an exceptionally well organized worker and work well in a team as well as independently. I am self-motivated, disciplined, energetic and pro-active with good administrative skills. I studied the application of a mechanistic model to predict tsetse fly geographic distribution from biophysical principals and investigate climate change aspects on distribution and ultimately disease risk associated with the distribution and energetics of a tsetse species. My involvement in this study and several other projects, under the supervision of Dr. John Terblanche, have added sufficiently to my ability to capture, analyse and interpret challenging datasets. Furthermore, I am proficient in all Microsoft Office programmes, have experience with databases e.g. MySQL, analytical programmes such as Statistica, SAS and R, programming languages used in Perl and R, and am familiar with the cartographical programmes ArcGIS and DIVA-GIS. I have been involved in report writing practices, specifically for two main funding agencies central to my MSc on tsetse flies. This has certainly enlightened my understanding of environmental issues, nationally and globally.

Recent publications

  • Complex interactions between temperature and relative humidity on water balance of adult tsetse (Glossinidae, Diptera): implications for climate change

    • Elsje Kleynhans and John S. Terblanche
  • The evolution of water balance in Glossina (Diptera: Glossinidae): correlations with climate.

    • Kleynhans E
    • Terblanche J
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Professional experience

Postgraduate Student

South African Sugarcane Research Institute

January 2012 - Present


MSc Conservation Ecology

Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University

January 2009 - December 2011(3 years)

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