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Dr Yahkat Barshep

Postdoctoral Research Fellow ACCESS Ecosystem services
Email: byahkat@yahoo.com

PhD Thesis: Migration strategy of the Curlew Sandpiper [PDF full-thesis 3.1 MB]

 

 

 

 

Yahkat obtained her BSc(Hons) in Zoology at the University of Jos in Nigeria, where she studied gastro-intestinal parasites of zoonotic importance in baboons for her research project. She did her Masters in Conservation Biology at Jos. For her Masters research, she examined resource partitioning in the endemic Rock Firefinch Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis and the Red-billed Firefinch L. senegala. Her PhD topic is the migration strategy of the Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea, under the supervision of Prof. Les Underhill (UCT), Dr. Pavel Tomkovich (Moscow University) and Dr. Clive Minton (Australasian Wader Study Group).

In Nigeria, Yahkat worked at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute in collaboration with Ottenby Bird Observatory, Sweden on the winter ecology of the Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra, in Jos. She was also involved in several bird ringing projects on the Jos Plateau and the Obudu Plateau in Nigeria.

Conference presentations

  • XXIIII International Ornithological Conference, Hamburg. 2006 - Resource partitioning in the Rock Firefinch Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis and Red-billed Firefinch L. Senegala
  • International Wader Study Group Conference, Poland. 2008 - Aspects of the phenology of migration and body condition of Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea migrating through Poland
  • Annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, Beijing. 2009 – Carry-over effects of breeding success on the phenology of migration and onset of moult in the Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
  • International Wader Study Group Conference, The Netherlands. 2009 - Carry-over effects of breeding success on the phenology of migration and onset of moult in the Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

Publication

Barshep Y., Minton C.D.T., Underhill L.G., Erni B. & Tomkovich P. (in press). Flexibility and constraints in the moult schedule in long-distance migratory shorebirds: causes and consequences. Ecology and Evolution

Barshep Y., Underhill L.G., Balachandran S. & Pearson D.J. (2013). Conditions on the non-breeding areas affect primary moult strategy of the Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea. Ardea 101: 13-22

Mafuyai H.B., Barshep Y., Audu B.S., Kumbak D., & Ojobe T.O. (in press).  Baboons as potential reservoirs of zoonotic gastrointestinal parasite infections at Yankari National Park, Nigeria. African Health Science

Barshep Y., Meissner W. & Underhill, L. G. (2012). Timing of migration of the Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) through Poland in relation to Arctic breeding conditions. Ornis Fennica 89: 120-129

Barshep Y., Ottosson U., Waldenström J. and Hulme M. (2012). Non breeding ecology of the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra in Nigeria. Ornis Svecica 22: 25-32

Barshep Y., Minton C.D.S., Underhill L. G., Remisiewicz M. (2011). The Primary Moult of Curlew Sandpipers Calidris ferriginea in North-western Australia Shifts According to Breeding Success. Ardea 99:43-51

Iwajomo S. B., Ottosson U., Barshep Y., Helseth A., Hulme M. F., Stevens M., & Waldenström J. (2011). The stopover behaviour of the Garden Warbler Sylvia borin in Obudu, southeast Nigeria. Ornis Svecica 21: 29-36

Barshep Y., Hedenström A. And Underhill L.G. (2011). Effect of climate change and predation on migration of Curlew Sandpiper in Sweden. Waterbirds 34:1-9

Barshep Y., Manu S.A., Brandt M. (2006). Resource partitioning in the Rock Firefinch and the Red-billed Firefinch. Journal of Ornithology (Suppl) 2: 5711-5725