I obtained my PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, where I worked on sexual selection and speciation in Lake Malawi cichlids. I then went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Bowling Green State University in the USA, working on acoustic signalling in bladder grasshoppers. On returning to South Africa, I joined the University of the Western Cape, first as a temporary lecturer, and later as a permanent member of staff.
Couldridge, V.C.K. and van Staaden, M.J. (2004) Habitat-dependent transmission of male advertisement calls in bladder grasshoppers (Orthoptera; Pneumoridae). Journal of Experimental Biology 207: 2777-2786.
van Staaden, M.J., Römer, H. and Couldridge, V.C.K. (2004) A novel approach to hearing: the acoustic world of pneumorid grasshoppers. Pp 335-350. In: Prete, F.R. (ed) Complex worlds from simpler nervous systems. The MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.