Current staff and students at the ADU

ADU Director: Prof. Les Underhill



  Dr H. Dieter Oschadleus   SAFRING Coordinator
(021) 650-2421
  Emeritus Professor Les Underhill   ADU Director
021 650 3227
  Mr Michael Brooks   Information System Specialist
(021) 650-4751
  Dr René A. Navarro   Information System Specialist
(021) 650-4751
  Mrs Sue Kuyper   Department administration; SAP reporting; student support
(021) 650-2423
Postdoctoral Research Fellows:
  Dr Yahkat Barshep   ACCESS Ecosystem services

Honorary Research Associates:

  Dr Andrew Jenkins   AVISENSE Consulting
  Dr David Borchers   School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  Dr Jean-Paul Roux   Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Lüderitz, Namibia
  Dr Lauren Waller   CapeNature
  Dr Magdalena Remisiewicz   University of Gdansk, Poland
  Dr Marienne de Villiers   Former SARCA Project Co-ordinator
  Prof. Peter Barham   Professorial Teaching Fellow in Physics, Bristol University
  Dr Quinton Martens   Cape Leopard Trust
  Prof. Rob Crawford   Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environmental Affairs
  Dr Stephen Kirkman   Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environmental Affairs

External Project Coordinators:

  Mr Jerome Ainsley   CWAC Coordinator
  Mr Peter Greaves   BIRP Coordinator
PhD Students:
  Ms Alecia Nickless   Thesis: Regional CO2 flux estimates for South Africa through inverse modelling
  Mr Arnold van der Westhuizen   Thesis: The history of the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) and biodiversity atlasing in South Africa c. 1985–2010
  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
  Mr David Maphisa   Thesis: Adaptive management of high altitude grasslands: Ingula as a case study
  Ms Elsa Bussiere   Thesis: Mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and improving statistical tools for mammal monitoring and conservation
  Mr Greg Distiller   Thesis: Statistical method development for inference from camera-trap studies
  Ms Joana Agudo   Thesis: Biology of Spheniscus Penguins
  Ms Kate Campbell   Thesis: Factors influencing the foraging behaviour of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) provisioning chicks at Robben Island, South Africa.
  Mr Marc Burman   Thesis: Moult of the Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica: trends in timing over four decades
  Ms Meg Murgatroyd   Thesis: Ecology of the Verreaux’s eagle Aquila verreauxii in natural and agriculturally transformed habitats in South Africa.
  Mr Zingfa Wala  
MSc Students:
  Ms Leanne Tol   Thesis: Artificial nest boxes for African penguins: Do penguins breed better in nest boxes?
  Mr Simon Mduduzi Seakamela   Thesis: Effects of variation in population management and research methods of the Cape fur seal
  Ms Yolokazi Galada   Thesis: Breeding and feeding biology of African Penguins, focusing on Dyer Island
PhD Graduates:
  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
[ PDF full-thesis (2.1 MB) ]
  Dr Phil Whittington   Thesis: Survival and movements of African Penguins, especially after oiling
[ PDF full-thesis (1 MB) ]
  Dr Francesca Little   Thesis: The smooth is better than the rough: an exploitation of reporting rate information in southern African bird atlas data
  Dr Barbara Paterson   Thesis: A transdisciplinary study to develop software tools for knowledge based wildlife management in Namibia
[ PDF full-thesis (5.2 MB) ]
  Dr H. Dieter Oschadleus   Thesis: Patterns of primary moult in the weavers, Ploceidae
[ External link to thesis pdf ]
  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
[ PDF full-thesis (7.9 MB) ]
  Dr Jessica Kemper   Thesis: Heading towards extinction? Demography of the African Penguin in Namibia
[ PDF full-thesis (7.1 MB) ]
  Dr Nola Parsons   Thesis: Quantifying abundance, breeding and behaviour of the African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
[ PDF full-thesis (6.1 MB) ]
  Dr Anton Wolfaardt   Thesis: The effects of oiling and rehabilitation on the breeding productivity and annual moult and breeding cycles of African Penguins
[ PDF full-thesis (7.1 MB) ]
  Dr Samantha Petersen   Thesis: Understanding and Mitigating Vulnerable Bycatch in southern African Trawl and Longline fisheries
[ PDF full-thesis (5.8 MB) ]
  Dr Mariétte Wheeler   Thesis: Effects of human impact on breeding seabirds and seals
[ PDF full-thesis (6 MB) ]
  Dr Newi Makhado   Thesis: Investigation of the impact of fur seals on the conservation status of seabirds at the Prince Edward Islands and off western South Africa
[ PDF full-thesis (3 MB) ]
  Dr Kutlwano Ramaboa   Thesis: Applications of the singular value decomposition in multivariate analysis
[ PDF full-thesis (0.8 MB) ]
  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) ]
  Dr René A. Navarro   Thesis: Energy Budget and Foraging Behaviour of the Cape Gannet Morus capensis During the Breeding Season
[ PDF full-thesis (2.5 MB) ]
  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) ]
  Dr Stephen Kirkman   Thesis: Ecology of the Cape fur seal in southern Africa
[ PDF full-thesis (3.8 MB) ]
  Dr Justine Braby   Thesis: The Biology and Conservation of the Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum
[ PDF full-thesis (12.3 MB) ]
  Dr Lauren Waller   Thesis: The regional significance of Dyer Island to the conservation of seabirds
[ PDF full-thesis (11.2 MB) ]
  Dr Yahkat Barshep   Thesis: Migration strategy of the Curlew Sandpiper
[ PDF full-thesis (3.1 MB) ]
  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) ]
  Dr Sally Hofmeyr   Thesis: Impacts of environmental change on large terrestrial bird species in South Africa: insights from citizen science data
[ PDF full-thesis (24.8 MB) ]
MSc Graduates:
  Dr Birgit Erni   Thesis: Analysis of distribution maps from bird atlas data: dissimilarities between species, continuity within ranges and smoothing of distribution maps
  Ms Janine le Roux   Thesis: The Swift Tern Sterna bergii in southern Africa: growth and movement
  Mrs Linda Smith (née Staveree)   Thesis: Breeding productivity of Cape Gannets Morus capensis in relation to age
[ PDF full-thesis (2.3 MB) ]
  Mr Albert Schultz   Thesis: The prevalence and impact of blood parasites on birds in the Western Cape
  Mr Alistair McInnes   Thesis: Biology of the Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus in southern Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  Ms Philippa Schultz   Thesis: A foraging ecology study of the critically endangered Cape Vulture population of Namibia
  Mr Darren Houniet   Thesis: Present and future distribution ranges of the Cape Dwarf Chameleon Bradypodion pumilum
[ PDF full-thesis (1.2 MB) ]
  Ms Shannon Hampton   Thesis: A preliminary investigation of the effects of flipper bands on African Penguins Spheniscus demersus
[ PDF full-thesis (0.8 MB) ]
  Ms Diane Southey   Thesis: Wildfires in the Cape Floristic Region: Exploring vegetation and weather as drivers of fire frequency (Botany Department)
[ PDF full-thesis (1.3 MB) ]
  Mr Dale Wright   Thesis: Evaluating a citizen science research programme: Understanding the people who make it possible
[ PDF full-thesis (2 MB) ]
  Mr Greg Duckworth   Thesis: Dynamic macroecology in conservation
  Ms Esther Anna Mostert   Thesis: Prioritising Bird Species of Special Concern for monitoring and conservation action in Protected Areas
  Ms Philna Botha   Thesis: The effects of prey availability on the endangered bank cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
[ PDF full-thesis (2.1 MB) ]
  Ms Corlia Meyer   Thesis: Bank Cormorant Conservation Research
[ PDF full-thesis (2 MB) ]
  Ms Megan Loftie-Eaton   Thesis: Geographic Range Dynamics of South African Birds
[ PDF full-thesis (7 MB) ]
MA Graduates:
  Mr Thierry Rousset   Thesis: “Might is Right” study of the Cape Town/Crozets Elephant Seal oil trade (1832–1869)
[ PDF full-thesis (4.8 MB) ]
BSc (Honours) Graduates:
  Mr Alwyn Lubbe   Thesis: Condition indices for African Penguins