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Dr. Helene Peters


Associate Professor of Life Sciences


Degrees Earned


1994: Baccalaureus Scientiae
(Zoology, Human Physiology, Entomology)
University of the Free State, South Africa

1997: Honours Baccalaureus Scientiae
(Zoology) (Cum Laude)
University of the Free State, South Africa

1998: Magister Scientiae
(Aquatic Parasitology) (Cum Laude)
University of the Free State, South Africa

2002: Philosophiae Doctor
(Aquatic Parasitology)
University of the Free State, South Africa

Courses Taught


Marine and Freshwater Ecology
Introduction to Parasitology and Helminthology
African Vertebrates
Aquatic Parasitology/Limnology
Animal Physiology
Environmental physiology
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Medical Terminology
Invertebrate Zoology
Scientific Methods & Research Project
Invertebrate Functional Biology
Molecular and Cell Biology
General Biology: Diversity, structure and function of animals
Ecology
The Environment
Microscopy

Teaching and Professional Experience


2000-2002: Lecturer
Department of Zoology & Entomology
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein campus

2003-2005: Senior lecturer
Department of Zoology & Entomology
University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus

2009-present: Associate Professor of Biology
Clearwater Christian College

Publications


Conference Contributions (National):

Helene Botes & T.C. van der Linde, 1997. Influence of larval density on the development, size and survival of Culiseta longiareolata (Diptera: Culicidae). Insects in African Economy and Environment, Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Poster)

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & J.G. Van As, 1997. Abalone gill symbionts - friends or foes? Microscopial Society of South Africa, Belville, South Africa. (Paper)

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & J.G. Van As, 1998. Ectosymbiotic Ellobiophryid peritrichs associated with abalone. Microscopial Society of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Paper)

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & L.L. Van As, 1999. Digenean trematodes found associated with Haliotis spadicea Donovan, 1808. Microscopial Society of South Africa, Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Paper)

Helene Botes & Susan Bower, 2000. Unusual protozoans found in the esophageal folds of the abalone Haliotis kamtschatkana kamtschatkana Jonas, 1845. Parasitological Society of Southern Africa, Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Paper)

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & L.L. Van As, 2000. Reproduction of scyphidiid peritrichs associated with South African molluscans. Parasitological Society of Southern Africa, Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Poster)

Helene Botes, Liesl L. Van As, Linda Basson and J.G. Van As, 2001. Reproductive processes of Ellobiophrya sp., hypersymbiont of scyphidiid peritrichs. Microscopial Society of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Poster)

Helene Botes, Liesl L. Van As & Linda Basson, 2002. An overview of the reproductive process, conjugation, in Mantoscyphidia branchi Van As, Basson & van As, 1998. Parasitological Society of Southern Africa, Golden Gate, South Africa. (Paper)

Helene Botes, Liesl L. Van As & Linda Basson, 2002. Possible life-cycle for the digenean hemiurid occurring in Haliotis spadicea Donovan, 1808. Parasitological Society of Southern Africa, Golden Gate, South Africa. (Paper)

Helene Botes, Liesl L. Van As & Linda Basson, 2002. Some notes on the cestode larvae (Tetraphyllidea) found in the alimentary canal of Octopus vulgaris from the De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa. Parasitological Society of Southern Africa, Golden Gate, South Africa. (Poster)

Published Conference abstracts:

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & J.G. Van As, 1997. Abalone gill symbionts - friends or foes? Proceedings of the Microscopial Society of South Africa. 27:119.

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & J.G. Van As, 1998. Ectosymbiotic Ellobiophryid peritrichs associated with abalone. Proceedings of the Microscopial Society of South Africa. 28:75.

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & L.L. Van As, 1999. Digenean trematodes found associated with Haliotis spadicea Donovan, 1808. Proceedings of the Microscopial Society of South Africa. 29:76.

Helene Botes & Susan Bower, 2000. Unusual protozoans found in the esophageal folds of the abalone Haliotis kamtschatkana kamtschatkana Jonas, 1845. South African Veterinary Association. 72(2):109-116.

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & L.L. Van As, 2000. Reproduction of scyphidiid peritrichs associated with South African molluscans. South African Veterinary Association. 72(2):109-116.

Helene Botes, Liesl L. Van As, Linda Basson and J.G. Van As, 2001. Reproductive processes of Ellobiophrya sp., hypersymbiont of scyphidiid peritrichs. Proceedings of the Microscopial Society of South Africa. 31:76.

Full length papers:

Helene Botes, Linda Basson & Liesl L. Van As, 2001. Two new species of Mantoscyphidia Jankowski, 1980 (Ciliophora: Peritrichia), gill symbionts of Haliotis Linnaeus, 1758 (Mollusca: Archaeogastropoda) from the south coast of South Africa. Acta Protozoologica. 40:131-140.

Helene Peters, Liesl L. Van As, Linda Basson and Jo G Van As, 2004. A new species of Ellobiophrya Chatton et Lwoff, 1923 (Ciliophora: Peritrichia), attached to Mantoscyphidia Jankowski, 1980 (Ciliophora: Peritrichia) species. Acta Protozoologica. 43:163-172.

Helene Peters, , Liesl L. Van As and Linda Basson. 2010. Binary fission, telotroch formation and conjugation in Mantoscyphidia Jankowski, 1980 (Ciliophora: Peritrichia). Acta Protozoologica. Vol 49-1.



"My hope is that the life-long learning skills I try to foster in my classes will continue to help all of my students long after they have left my classroom. For those students that will graduate and continue on in my field, I strive to demonstrate the connections between the topics we study in class and current-day research findings."

Interests: Astronomy

Contact Information:
727-726-1153 ext. 273
helenepeters@clearwater.edu