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Title (honorific)
Academic Qualifications
PhD (2012, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa); BSC (Hons) (2002, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa); BSc (2001, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Brief Biography (English)

Dr James Rodger grew up in Johannesburg, where he completed his BSc and BSc Honours degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He moved to Pietermaritzburg, where he completed his PhD in Botany, and has since been a Postdoc in Uppsala in Sweden, Lausanne in Switzerland and Stellenbosch in South Africa.

He loves getting to grips with how nature works, devising novel experimental and analytical approaches to test hypotheses, and hunting for the words to communicate scientific ideas. Dr Rodger spends his spare time botanising, trailrunning, hiking, swing dancing, reading and listening to music.

He Researches the ecology and evolution of plant reproduction. His PhD focused on the role of self-fertilization in the invasion of the lily, Lilium formosanum.

Dr Rodger's current projects include assessing the contribution of animal pollinators to reproduction in wild plants globally, the contribution of pollen dispersal distance to spread rate in invasive and the effect of pollination success on extinction risk in plants. He is especially interested in how pollination success declines as the density or population size of plants decreases (pollen limitation Allee effects) and how this effect is mitigated by self-fertilization.

Job Title
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Primary Organisation
Stellenbosch University
Website Address for Primary Organisation
African Country
South Africa
African Region
Southern Africa

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