Dikobe Molepo

Dikobe Molepo

Year of internship: 2019/20

Background

I have always had enormous love and curiosity for nature and this lead to my enrolling for a science degree at the University of Limpopo. I completed a BSc degree in Molecular and Life Sciences, BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Zoology all at the University of Limpopo. My postgraduate training was on the phylogenetics and the phylogeography of birds, Spurfowls and the Southern boubous respectfully. In my years of studying I had the most wonderful and challenging experiences and I learnt many things and for this I will forever be grateful for the education I received.

I worked as a laboratory assistant (helping 1st & 2nd year students) at the University of Limpopo during my postgraduate studies.  I was then awarded the opportunity to work as an NRF-DST intern in 2018 and I had the most rewarding 12 months of my life at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). I am currently given the chance to continue working as an NRF-DST intern for AfricanBats NPC and this for me means new experiences and more learning. I have already learned a little about bats and have had the chance to attend the “Introduction to bats” course (Bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification) which I really enjoyed and appreciated.

I had the chance to present at a number of conferences and symposiums locally, nationally and internationally as a postgraduate student and also as an intern at SANBI. I attended a number of courses, trainings and workshops and those contributed toward my growth in the scientific world. I am looking forward to learning more as an AfricanBats NPC intern.

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