Research Fellow, Ndlovu node, South African Environmental Observation Network & Visiting lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

My research interests lie in understanding how large mammal herbivores shape vegetation communities in African ecosystems - both at very large scales and via interactive effects with fire. I’m currently analysing patterns of historical herbivore biomass and fire at continental-scale in Africa. My field research explores grass community responses to frequent grazing. I have a background in plant ecology and animal population dynamics, and have spent two years lecturing for the Organisation for Tropical Studies in the Kruger National Park.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Visiting lecturer, School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2016–present
    Research fellow, South African Environmental Observation Network
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral fellow, School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2012–2014
    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Cape Town, BSc. Hons (Plant ecology)
  • 2003 
    University of Cape Town, BSc. (Botany & Ecology)