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Current students at the ADU

ADU Director: Prof. Les Underhill

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dr Peter Laver  

PhD Students:

Ms Alecia Nickless Thesis: Regional CO2 flux estimates for South Africa through inverse modelling
Ms Elsa Bussiere Thesis: The brown hyaena in South Africa: distribution, abundance, conservation & education
Mr Zingfa Wala Thesis: Geographic range dynamics of South African birds in the face of climate change.
Ms Bukhola Braimoh Thesis: Breeding Biology of African Black Oystercatchers
Ms Jacqui Badenhorst Thesis: Long-term trends in the timing of migration of Palearctic migrants in Poland and South Africa

MSc Students

Ms Tanya Scott Thesis: Birds along a transect across KwaZulu-Natal: altitudinal preference and altitudinal migration

PhD Graduates:

2018:  Mr Colin Jackson Thesis: Moult strategies and weight changes with relation to migration timing of Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover and Terek Sandpiper on the Kenyan coast
2016: Dr Greg Distiller Thesis: Statistical method development for inference from camera-trap studies 
2016: Dr Kate Campbell Thesis:  Factors influencing the foraging behaviour of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) provisioning chicks at Robben Island, South Africa.
2016: Dr Marc Burman Thesis: Moult of the Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica- trends in timing over four decades
2016: Dr Meg Murgatroyd Thesis: Ecology of the Verreaux's eagle Aquila verreauxii in natural and agriculturally transformed habitats in South Africa
2015: Dr David Maphisa Thesis: Adaptive management of high altitude grasslands: Ingula as a case study 
2012: Dr Doug Harebottle Thesis: Assessing the conservation value of wetlands and waterbirds with a focus on the winter rainfall region of South Africa
[PDF full-thesis (7.8 MB)]
2012: Dr Sally Hofmeyr Thesis: Impacts of environmental change on large terrestrial bird species in South Africa: insights from citizen science data
[OpenUCT link]
2010: Dr Stephen Kirkman Thesis: Ecology of the Cape fur seal in southern Africa
[OpenUCT link]
2011: Dr ​Justine Braby Thesis: The Biology and Conservation of the Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum
[OpenUCT link]
2011: Dr Lauren Waller Thesis: The regional significance of Dyer Island to the conservation of seabirds
[OpenUCT link]
2011: Dr ​Yahkat Barshep Thesis: Migration strategy of the Curlew Sandpiper
[OpenUCT link]
2010: Dr ​Kutlwano Ramaboa Thesis: Applications of the singular value decomposition in multivariate analysis
[PDF full-thesis (0.8 MB)]
2010: Dr Marta de Ponte Machado Thesis: Population ecology and conservation status of the Great White Pelican in Southern Africa
[PDF full-thesis (3.8 MB)]
2010: Dr René A. Navarro Thesis: Energy Budget and Foraging Behaviour of the Cape Gannet Morus capensis During the Breeding Season
[OpenUCT link]
2010: Dr Richard Sherley Thesis: Factors Influencing the Demography of Endangered Seabirds at Robben Island, South Africa: Implications and Approaches for Management and Conservation
[PDF full-thesis (31.2 MB)]
2009: Dr Mariétte Wheeler Thesis: The effects of human disturbance on the seabirds and seals at sub-Antarctic Marion Island
[OpenUCT link]
2009: Dr Newi Makhado Thesis:Investigation of the impact of fur seals on the conversation status of seabirds at islands off South Africa and the the Prince Edward Islands 
[OpenUCT link]
2008: Dr Samantha Petersen Thesis: Understanding and Mitigating Vulnerable Bycatch in southern African Trawl and Longline fisheries
[PDF full-thesis (5.8 MB) ]
2007: Dr Anton Wolfaardt Thesis: The effects of oiling and rehabilitation on the breeding productivity and annual moult and breeding cycles of African Penguins
[OpenUCT link]
2006: Dr Jessica Kemper Thesis: Heading towards extinction? Demography of the African Penguin in Namibia
[PDF full-thesis (7.1 MB) ]
2006: Dr Nola Parsons Thesis: Quantifying abundance, breeding and behaviour of the African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
[PDF full-thesis (6.1 MB) ]
2005: Dr Barbara Paterson Thesis: A transdisciplinary study to develop software tools for knowledge based wildlife management in Namibia
[ OpenUCT link]
2005: Dr H. Dieter Oschadleus Thesis: Patterns of primary moult in the weavers, Ploceidae
[ OpenUCT link ]
2005: Dr Silvia Mecenero Thesis: The diet of the Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) in Namibia: variability and fishery interactions in the Northern Benguela system
[ OpenUCT link
2003: Dr Francesca Little

Thesis: The smooth is better than the rough: an exploitation of reporting rate information in southern African bird atlas data
OpenUCT link]

2002: Dr Phil Whittington Thesis: Survival and movements of African Penguins, especially after oiling
[ OpenUCT link ]
2001: Dr Lorenzo Serra Thesis: Cold winters vs. long journeys: adaptations of primary moult and body mass to migration and wintering in the Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
OpenUCT link ]

MSc Graduates:

2016: Ms  Leanne Tol Thesis: Artificial nest boxes for African penguins: Do penguins breed better in nest boxes?
2016: Ms Erica Essig Thesis: Long-term population trends and habitat preferences of waders at Strandfontein Wastewater Treatment Works.
2014: Ms Philna Botha Thesis: The effects of prey availability on the endangered bank cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
[OpenUCT link]
2014: Ms Corlia Meyer Thesis: Bank Cormorant Conservation Research
[OpenUCT link]
2014: Ms Megan Loftie-Eaton Thesis: Geographic Range Dynamics of South African Birds
[PDF full-thesis (7 MB)]
2012: Ms Esther Anna Mostert

Thesis: Prioritising Bird Species of Special Concern for monitoring and conservation action in Protected Areas
[OpenUCT link]

2011: Mr Greg Duckworth Thesis: Dynamic macroecology in conservation
2011: Mr Dale Wright Thesis: Evaluating a citizen science research programme: Understanding the people who make it possible
[OpenUCT link]
2009: Ms Diane Southey Thesis: Wildfires in the Cape Floristic Region: Exploring vegetation and weather as drivers of fire frequency (Botany Department)
[OpenUCT link]
2007: Mr Albert Schultz

Thesis: The prevalence and impact of blood parasites on birds in the Western Cape
[OpenUCT link]

2007: Mr Alistair McInnes

Thesis: Biology of the Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus in southern Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

2007: Ms Philippa Schultz

Thesis: A foraging ecology study of the critically endangered Cape Vulture population of Namibia
[PDF link]

2007: Mr Darren Houniet Thesis: Present and future distribution ranges of the Cape Dwarf Chameleon Bradypodion pumilum
[OpenUCT link]
2007: Ms Shannon Hampton Thesis: A preliminary investigation of the effects of flipper bands on African Penguins Spheniscus demersus
[OpenUCT link]
2006: Ms Janine le Roux

Thesis: The Swift Tern Sterna bergii in southern Africa: growth and movement
[OpenUCT link]

2006: Mrs Linda Smith (née Staveree) Thesis: Breeding productivity of Cape Gannets Morus capensis in relation to age
[OpenUCT link]
1998: Dr Birgit Erni

Thesis: Analysis of distribution maps from bird atlas data: dissimilarities between species, continuity within ranges and smoothing of distribution maps
[OpenUCT link]

MA Graduates:

2011: Mr Thierry Rousset Thesis: “Might is Right” study of the Cape Town/Crozets Elephant Seal oil trade (1832–1869)
[OpenUCT link]

BSc (Honours) Graduates:

Mr Alwyn Lubbe Thesis: Condition indices for African Penguins