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Papers & Theses Making Extensive Use of SABAP Data


  1. Allan DG, Harrison JA, Navarro RA, van Wilgen, BW, Thompson MW 1997. The impact of commercial afforestation on bird populations in Mpumalanga province, South Africa: insights from the bird atlas data. Biological Conservation 79: 173-185.
  2. Barnes KN (ed.) 1998. The Important Bird Areas of southern Africa. Johannesburg: BirdLife South Africa.
  3. Barnes KN (ed.) The Eskom Red Data Book of birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Johannesburg: BirdLife South Africa.
  4. Bonn A, Gaston KJ 2004. Capturing biodiversity: selecting priority areas for conservation using different criteria. Biodiversity and Conservation, in press.
  5. Bonn A, Rodrigues ASL, Gaston KJ 2002. Threatened and endemic species: are they good indicators of patterns of biodiversity on a national scale? Ecology Letters 5: 733-741.
  6. Chown SL, van Rensburg BJ, Gaston KJ, Rodrigues ASL, van Jaarsveld AS 2003. Species richness, human population size and energy: conservation implications at a national scale. Ecological Applications 13: 1233-1241.
  7. Dean WRJ, Siegfried WR 1997. The protection of endemic and nomadic avian diversity in the Karoo, South Africa. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 27:11-21.
  8. Dean WRJ 1997. The distribution and biology of nomadic birds in the Karoo, South Africa. Journal of Biogeography 24:769-779.
  9. Dean WRJ 2000. Alien birds in southern Africa: what factors determine success? South African Journal of Science 96: 9-14.
  10. Dean WRJ 2000. Factors affecting bird diversity patterns in the Karoo, South Africa. South African Journal of Science 96:609-616.
  11. Fairbanks DHK 2004. Regional land-use impacts affecting avian richness patterns in southern Africa – insights from historical avian atlas data. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 101: 269-288.
  12. Fairbanks DHK, Kshatriya M, van Jaarsveld AS, Underhill LG 2002. Scales and consequences of human land transformation on South African avian diversity and structure. Animal Conservation 8: 61-73.
  13. Fairbanks DHK, Reyers B, van Jaarsveld AS 2001. Species and environment representation: selecting reserves for the retention of avian diversity in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Biological Conservation 98: 365-379.
  14. Gaston KJ, Rodrigues ASL 2003. Reserve selection in regions with poor biological data. Conservation Biology 17: 188-195.
  15. Gaston KJ, Rodrigues ASL, van Rensburg BJ, Koleff P, Chown SL 2001. Complementary representation and zones of ecological transition. Ecology Letters 4: 4-9.
  16. Harrison JA, Martinez P 1995. Measurement and mapping of avian diversity in southern Africa: implications for conservation planning. Ibis 137: 410-417.
  17. Herremans M, Philogene D, Underhill GD, Raijmakers JMH, Underhill LG, Johnson D, Bernitz H, Bernitz Z, Bowker MB, de Beer SJ 1999. Description of a new taxon brookei of Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens from the Western Cape, South Africa. Ostrich 70: 164-172.
  18. Lennon JJ, Koleff P, Greenwood JJD, Gaston KJ 2004. Contribution of rarity and commonness to patterns of species richness. Ecology Letters, in press.
  19. Lombard AT 1995. The problems with multi-species conservation: do hotspots, ideal reserves and existing reserve coincide? South African Journal of Zoology 30: 145-163.
  20. Reyers B, Fairbanks DHK, Wessels KJ, van Jaarsveld AS 2002. A multicriteria approach to reserve selection: addressing long-term biodiversity maintenance. Biodiversity and Conservation 11: 769- 793.
  21. Reyers B, van Jaarsveld AS, Kruger M 2000. Complementarity as a biodiversity indicator strategy. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 267: 505-513.
  22. Robertson A, Simmons RE, Jarvis AM, Brown CJ 1995. Can bird atlas data be used to estimate population size? A case study using Namibian endemics. Biological Conservation 71: 87-95.
  23. Rodrigues ASL, Gaston KJ2001. How large do reserve networks need to be? Ecology Letters 4: 602-609.
  24. Rodrigues ASL, Gaston KJ 2002. Rarity and conservation planning across geopolitical units. Conservation Biology 16: 674-682.
  25. Rodrigues ASL, Gaston KJ 2002. Maximising phylogenetic diversity in the selection of networks of conservation areas. Biological Conservation 105, 103-111.
  26. Rodrigues ASL & Gaston KJ 2002 Optimisation in reserve selection procedures--why not? Biological Conservation 107, 123-129.
  27. Underhill LG 1990. Movements, site-faithfulness and biometrics of European Bee-eaters Merops apiaster in the southwestern Cape. Ostrich 61: 80-84.
  28. Underhill LG, Herremans M, Navarro RA, Harrison JA 1998. Where do Palearctic migrant passerines concentrate in southern Africa during the austral summer? In Spina F, Grattarola A (eds) Proceedings of the first meeting of the European Ornithologists' Union. Biologia e Conservazione della Fauna 102: 168-174.
  29. Underhill LG 2000. Waders (Charadrii) from the northern hemisphere in southern Africa. In Ebbinge BS, Mazourov YuL, Tomkovich PS (eds) Heritage of the Russian Arctic: Research, conservation and international co-operation. Moscow: Ecopros Publishers: 476-482.
  30. Underhill LG, Prys-Jones RP, Harrison JA, Martinez P 1992. Seasonal patterns of occurrence of Palaearctic migrants in southern Africa using atlas data. Ibis 134 Supplement 1: 99-108.
  31. Van Rensburg BJ, Chown SL, Gaston KJ 2002. Species richness, environmental correlates, and spatial scale; a test using South African birds. American Naturalist 159: 566-577.
  32. Van Rensburg BJ, Koleff P, Gaston KJ, Chown SL 2004. Spatial congruence of ecological transition at the regional scale in South Africa. Journal of Biogeography, in press.


The following masters and doctoral theses made extensive use of SABAP data.

  1. Erni B 2000. Analysis of distribution maps from bird atlas data: dissimilarities between species, continuity within ranges and smoothing of distribution maps. MSc, University of Cape Town.
  2. Janse van Rensburg BJ PhD, University of Pretoria.
  3. Little F 2003. The smooth is better than the rough: an exploitation of reporting rate information in southern African bird atlas data. PhD, University of Cape Town.
  4. Parker V 1995. Statistical analysis of bird atlas data from Swaziland. MSc, University of Cape Town.
  5. Rodrigues ASL The selection of networks of nature reserves. PhD, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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