Dr Newi Makhado

Email: amakhado [at] deat [dot] gov [dot] za
ADU graduated: PhD 2009
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]

Qualifications and experience

Azwianewi, known as Newi, obtained his BSc in 1996, BSc(Hons) in Zoology in 1998 and UED (University Education Diploma) in 1997 from the University of Venda. He obtained his MSc in Zoology in 2002 from the University of Pretoria. His Honours project was entitled Current status and Potential of Ecotourism at Albasini Conservation Area, and his Masters thesis was entitled The diet of two fur seal species (Arctocephalus gazella and A. tropicalis) at Marion Island. Newi joined the ADU on a joint project with MCM (Marine and Coastal Management) for a PhD on the Investigation of the impact of fur seals on the conservation status of seabirds at the Prince Edward Islands and off western South Africa. The study aims to address the extent of predation on seabirds by an ever-increasing population of seals in the southern Indian Ocean. His supervisors Prof. Les Underhill (ADU), Dr Rob Crawford (Marine and Coastal Management, South Africa) and Prof. Marthán Bester (Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria).

After completing his Honours, Newi ventured to the subantarctic region in 1999, where he spent a year at the Prince Edward Islands (Marion Island) working on the Pinniped Monitoring Programme (seal group) with Prof. Bester. Just before he completed his Masters, he presented a poster at the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference in Amsterdam, Holland (2001). He was also invited to Germany as a Guest Scientist to the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven for a month where he presented a talk entitled The diet of two fur seal species at Marion Island. He is now working for MCM as an Oceanographer for Stock Assessment. In 2004 he was involved with the Earthwatch Programme on Robben Island, which involves monitoring the endangered African Penguin.

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