November 2019

Dr Odile Petit is the head of the Cognitive and Social Ethology group at the Physiology of Reproduction and Behaviour Lab (Tours, France). She is an expert in animal behaviour, especially in Primatology. She used to study aggressive and conciliatory behaviours in baboons, macaques and capuchin monkeys. For the last 15 years, she has been studying collective decision-making in many species (especially primates) and is recognized as a leader in the field. More recently, she conducted a new project called “What makes a good leader? The animal origin of leadership” funded by the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study. This last project allowed her to demonstrate in domestic horses that group members trust some leaders more than others and follow them depending on their charisma. For several years, she also works in collaboration with Chloé Guerbois and Hervé Fritz (Nelson Mandela University and International Research Laboratory REHABS) on the plundering behavior of baboons when foraging on crops (in Zimbabwe) or on houses (In George).

October 2019

Dr Andreas Altwegg



Rachel Fleener holds a BA (Honours) in Politics from Willamette University in the United States where she graduated in 2016. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Human Geography at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  She is broadly interested in the social, political and economic relationship between people and the environment. Her current work is centered around issues of environmental governance regimes, collaborative governance, rural development and sustainable livelihoods.


Daniel Basubas is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of Otago (New Zealand). He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona (2012) and MSc (Distinction) in Environmental Management from the University of Otago (2016). His research interests include both physical geography and human geography, with the latter being the focus of his latest research. He now looks at the political, social, and economic implications of environmental issues with an emphasis on facilitating sustainable change in poor and marginalized communities.


August 2019


Dr Roger Pradel


May 2019


Dr Jaco Barendse


October 2018

Dalal Hanna is an ecologist who is passionate about researching environmental challenges to try and foster a more equitable and sustainable future. Currently, she is a completing her PhD at McGill University in Canada as a Vanier Scholar. Her focus in on the diverse ways freshwater ecosystems contribute to human well-being. She is interested in using her findings to inform freshwater conservation policy.  She has also published research on how anthropogenic noise affects animal communication, and on mercury contamination in African freshwater fish. Sharing scientific knowledge is another one of Dalal’s great passions. In 2015, she developed the podcast ‘Science Faction’, which explored unbelievable discoveries in all fields of science in accessible language. She is also part of an urban beekeeping collective in Montreal, Canada, that invites community members to visit hives and learn about pollinators, as well as pollinator gardens. Currently, she is in the process of co-launching an organization called Riparia, that works to connect people and science in the wild, by bringing youth on free science expeditions.


July 2018

Jessica Cockburn has a PhD in Environmental Science and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. She conducts research and the science-practice interface, focusing on multistakeholder collaboration for landscape management and stewardship. She has a keen interest in supporting skills development for relational competencies necessary for stakeholder engagement, facilitation and social learning.


Febuary 2018

Daniel Fortin is a professor in the department of biology at Université Laval. He received his doctorate in Zoology from the University of Guelph (Canada), and then conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta (Canada) on wolf-elk interactions in Yellowstone National Park. The main objective of his current research is to better understand the effect of behavioural mechanisms on animal distributions in heterogeneous landscapes. To reach this goal, he investigates various ecological topics such as: resource selection, animal movement, trophic interactions, and behavioural response to anthropogenic modifications of the landscape. Knowledge gained from his studies is intended to help in the management of wildlife populations and preservation of biodiversity by increasing our ability to predict spatio-temporal dynamics of ecological systems. He is collaborating with Adjunct Professor Hervé Fritz and Dr Jan Venter during his visit to the School of Natural Resource Management, George Campus.