About CLong

  • Academic Level Master’s Degree
  • Age 23 - 27 Years

About me

I am an ambitious, fast-learning research enthusiast with a deep passion and fervour for all individuals found in nature, especially animals. I grew up in East Africa, where my love of wildlife commenced – I haven’t looked back since. I am currently completing my PhD focusing as a multidisciplinary investigation of the physiological responses of a model primate to changes in the environment. From my postgraduate career, I will have gained unique contemporary scientific research skills that will improve my abilities to apply my knowledge over a broad spectrum of subjects which I will hopefully have the opportunity to implement in future scientific endeavours. I pride myself on being efficient in the field, the lab, and behind a computer.

Education

  • 2016 - 2018
    University of Pretoria

    MSc Genetics

    The project focused on the gut microbiome of the African lesser galago (Galago moholi). Specifically, we were evaluating the bacterial taxa differences between populations situated in urban and rural areas of Pretoria.

  • 2018 - present
    University of Pretoria

    PhD Paraclinical Sciences

    The assessment of physiological responses of the thick-tailed greater galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus) during fluctuating environmental conditions. Specifically, the study will be validating the EIAs most suitable for the monitoring of stress and metabolic hormone levels in addition to evaluating seasonal changes of the glucocorticoid and T3 concentrations over a longitudinal time period. All faecal samples will be collected using non-invasive methods. Furthermore, the gut microbial profile will be determined in relation to changes in season and diet, and how these affect the bacterial communities present. We will be using next-generation sequencing to determine the 16s rRNA gene sequences found within faecal swab samples. Lastly, a profile of urinary organic acids over a longitudinal period will be determined using NMR and GC-MS analysis.

  • 2014 - 2015
    University of Pretoria

    BSc (Honours) Zoology

    A longitudinal assessment of the dive patterns of the southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) from Marion Island.

  • 2010 - 2013
    University of South Africa

    BSc Life Sciences

    Majors: Zoology and Physiology

Experience

  • 2017 - 2018
    University of Colorado

    Research Assistant

    Situated in the Soutpansberg Mountains, Limpopo. Collecting data for an NSF-funded project investigating the physiological and behavioural responses of two strepsirrhine primates in South Africa. Worked closely with a postdoc fellow. This fieldwork included: night behavioural observations, faecal collections, animal trapping, hair collection, thermal photography using an infrared camera, the collection of temperature data from isolated locations at the study site.

Expertise

Genetics and Microbiology (Masters project)

Portfolio

Honors & awards

  • 2015

    Student Development Program

    I won the award for being an exceptional presenter and relayer of information applied from a published paper.