Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University

Sam Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in conservation ecology in the Department of Zoology, University of Venda, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. His research interests centre on the conservation ecology of African carnivores, and include population dynamics, mitigating threats to wildlife, and assessing the ecosystem services provided by carnivores.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Venda
  • 2012–present
    Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Durham University
  • 2011–2016
    Research Coordinator, Primate and Predator Project
  • 2006–2009
    Cheetah Project Coordinator, Dambari Wildlife Trust

Education

  • 2012 
    Durham University, PhD in Biological Anthropology
  • 2004 
    University of Manchester, MRes in Biological Science
  • 2003 
    University of Manchester, BSc (Hons.) in Biology

Publications

  • 2017
    Population dynamics and threats to an apex predator outside protected areas: implications for carnivore management, Royal Society Open Science
  • 2017
    Cats, connectivity and conservation: incorporating datasets and integrating scales for wildlife management, Journal of Applied Ecology
  • 2016
    A Conservation Assessment of Panthera pardus, The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho
  • 2016
    The conservation costs of game ranching, Conservation Letters
  • 2016
    The impact of land reform on the status of large carnivores in Zimbabwe, PeerJ

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Society of Biology
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Linnean Society of London
  • Zoological Society of Southern Africa
  • Southern Africa Wildlife Management Association