A fitting lighthearted post to start the new year. A drabble is a 100-word writing piece, which explains a concept fully. So, for my own amusement I decided to take up the challenge, maybe even dabble in a bit of drabble more regularly on this blog. Drabbling is quite appealing to me, because I think … Continue reading Writing Journal of a Scientist: Whose Drabble Is It Anyway?
This is my 1st first author article, which is part of my PhD requirement (other than submitting a thesis which is already with the examiners) - One step closer to graduation ! Tanzelle Oberholster, Surendra Vikram, Don Cowan, Angel Valverde. 2018. Key microbial taxa in the rhizosphere of sorghum and sunflower grown in crop … Continue reading 1st First Author Article: Key microbial taxa in the rhizosphere of sorghum and sunflower grown in crop rotation
Ticks are blood-feeding external parasites. Truly disgusting creatures and I still say this even after I had studied them for four years. How did they become such repulsive organisms? To glimpse an answer, let's take a walk down the earth's memory lane and explore the ancestral fossils from which they came. Fossils are … Continue reading Ticks in the Fossil Record: How the cousin of the Spider became a Blood-sucking Vampire
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less”. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. by Peter Dawe. I am endlessly fascinated by words and nuances. As a lawyer, I am part scientist, part artist … Continue reading HUMPTY DUMPTY
These five words are what popped into my head during a creative writing exercise back in high-school during English class. It has been sitting in my writing journal ever since, but I always wondered as to the validity of such a statement. Is it not rather a statement of half-truth (or for that matter a … Continue reading Writing Journal of a Scientist: Absolute Nonsense Comes From Ignorance
A practical tool for innovation by Sarel Oberholster Hegelian dialectic, usually presented in a threefold manner, was stated by Heinrich Moritz Chalybäus  as comprising three dialectical stages of development: a thesis, giving rise to its reaction, an antithesis, which contradicts or negates the thesis, and the tension between the two being resolved by means of a synthesis. In more … Continue reading The Dialectic of Innovation
During my masters, I studied the blue cattle tick, Rhipicepahlus microplus (REF 1). I was interested in the movement of cattle as a factor of human migration and trade through Africa. Additionally domestication and selective breeding affected the genetic make-up of cattle, which influences resistance against parasites. Since host geographical distribution and genetic inheritance are … Continue reading Origins of Domestic Cattle: Migration patterns & Speciation events
Here is a short piece from my writing journal that I wrote back in 2011 during my honours studies: For a researcher, there are two forms of writing. The language of science; precise, concise and boring, and the other of creative; with embellishments, illustrations and fiction. Yet as avid writers of the one, rarely … Continue reading A Writing Sample from the Journal of a Scientists