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Sustainability Research Unit George Campus

 

Dr Bianca Currie

Leader & Manco member

PhD (Nelson Mandela University)

Projects Supervising:

  • Adapting to climate change in South Africa: Commercial and Emerging dairy farmers' perception of and response to changing climate.
  • Identifying the relationship between baboon raiding deterrent methods and crop height in George, Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Assessing community engagement programmes to mitigate uncontrolled fires in forest plantation-community interface, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Research interests:

Social learning, participatory processes and methods, complex social ecological systems, adaptive co-management, inter and transdisciplinary research.

Contact details: bianca.currie@mandela.ac.za

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Professor Christo Fabricius

Professor Emeritus

PhD (Cape Town)

Current Projects:

  • Communities of practice, adaptive co-management and social-ecological transformation in the Garden Route

  • Vulnerability, social learning and mal-adaptations to climate change

Research interests:

Resilience, transformations and adaptive co-management in disorderly social-ecological systems

Contact details: christo.fabricius@mandela.ac.za

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Adjunct Professor Dirk Roux

Research Associate, Adjunct Professor & Manco member

PhD (UJ)

Research Interests:

Conservation of freshwater ecosystems, sharing the benefits derived from their services, and the role of Protected Areas in achieving this, processes of adaptive management, cooperation and trans disciplinary learning.

Contact details: dirk.roux@sanparks.org

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Professor Janine Adams

Manco member, Professor for Botany Department & Director of ICMR (Institute of Coastal and Marine Research).

PhD (UPE)

Current Projects:

  • Estuary habitats and response to anthropogenic impacts and climate change.

  • Impacts of climate change on mangroves and adaptations to their environment.

  • Structure and function of temporarily open/closed estuaries.

  • Environmental water requirements of estuaries in the Gourtiz water management area.

  • Water quality management of the Swartkops Estuary.

Research interests:

Environmental flow requirements of estuaries; response of mangroves and salt marshes to climate change; estuary health assessments, monitoring and management plans; ecophysiology of salt marsh plants

Contact Details: janine.adams@mandela.ac.za

   

Professor Lyn Snodgrass

Department of Political and Conflict Studies

DPhil (Nelson Mandela University)

Current Projects:

  • Trans-disciplinary research projects that interrogate deep-rooted, intractable conflict with an emphasis on Africa.

  • Current research focus is the role of collective emotion, communal memory and narrative in the manifestations of violence in post-conflict societies and communities.

  • Conflict resolution interventions and facilitation include conflict management systems design, conflict analysis and ‘mapping’, negotiation and mediation for inter alia civil society, government and non-governmental organisations and business.

Contact Details: lyn.snodgrass@mandela.ac.za

   

 

 

Luzanne Visagie

SRU Administrative Coordinator

BA Hons Psychology (Nelson Mandela University)

Contact details: Luzanne.Visagie@mandela.ac.za

Tel: (044) 801 5127

 

 

 

   

Jeanette Pauw

Statistician

MSc (UNISA)

Contact details: jeanette.pauw@mandela.ac.za

   

Dr Peter Novellie

Research Associate

DSc (Pretoria)

Research interests:

Adaptive management and adaptive governance of social-ecological systems, with particular reference to governance of wildlife conservation in South Africa; the impact of grazing on biodiversity and spatial heterogeneity.

Contact details: novellie@netactive.co.za

   

Professor Robert Fincham

Research Associate

PhD (Rhodes)

Research interests:

Landscape scale appreciation of African landscapes; Monitoring & Evaluation of development initiatives & food security.

Contact details: Fincham@ukzn.ac.za

   

Adjunct Professor Hervé Fritz

Research Associate, Adjunct Professor

PhD in Ecology (UPMC Paris)

Current Projects:

  • Coupling behavioral and community ecology to understand the role of trophic relationships in the functioning of conservation orientated socio-ecological systems

Research interests:

Wildlife management; the interface between theoretical and applied sciences; social-ecological system dynamics.

Institutional websites:

Contact details: hrv.fritz@gmail.com

Find me on Research Gate and Google Scholar.

   

Dr Jeanne Nel

Research Associate

PhD (Cape Town)

Current Projects: 

  • Specific place-based strategies for building resilient landscapes within risk hotspots

  • From National Freshwater Conservation targets to local action

Research interests: 

Water management and policy within the fields of biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing and sustainability science.

Contact details: jnel4water@gmail.com

Dr James Dabrowski

Research Associate

PhD (UCT)

Research interests:

Ecological Risk Assessment, Aquatic Ecology, Water Quality, Ecotoxicology, Geographical Information Systems.

Contact Details: james@confluent.co.za

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Dr Jackie Dabrowski

Research Associate

PhD Veterinary Science (Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria)

Research interest:

Freshwater ecology, aquatic food webs, eutrophication, water quality, drought, ephemeral waterbodies, biodiversity, fish kill diagnosis and fish health, mine rehabilitation.

Contact details:

Tel: 083 2563159

Email: Jackie@confluent.co.za

Website: www.confluent.co.za  or find us on Facebook 

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Dr Karin Badenhorst

Research Associate

PhD (University of Johannesburg)

Research Interests:

Alternative governance mechanisms to enable sustainable transformation in the socio-economic-ecological nexus; agri-cultural and agri-processing value chains, with the aim of specifically benefiting socio-economically and ecologically vulnerable communities;exploring new economic pathways and opportunities created by the rapidly growing Green Economy

Contact details: karinb@iafrica.com  

   

Dr Jaco Barendse

Research Associate

PhD

Research Interests:

Sustainable social-ecological systems; natural resource management, especially fisheries; marine policy development; biodiversity conservation. Specific topics of interest include use of historic ecological data, shifting baselines, stewardship, invasive species management, risks and opportunities in seafood value chains, and mechanisms that enable effective knowledge transfer.

Contact details:

Email: jaco.barendse@gmail.com

Find me on ResearchGate or Google Scholar or ORCID

   

 

Dr Chloé Guerbois

Post-doctoral fellow

PhD in Ecology (MNHN Paris)

My current projects focus on theoretical and applied interdisciplinary research on the dynamics of social-ecological systems including protected areas in Southern Africa:

Host: Prof Christo Fabricius

Research interests:

Complex systems, protected areas, natural resources, biodiversity conservation, human-wildlife coexistence, vulnerability transfers, indigenous knowledge, ecosystem services, value systems, connectedness.

Study areas: Garden Route, Hwange National Park, Niassa Game Reserve

Contact details: Chloe.Guerbois@mandela.ac.za

   

Tatenda Mapeto

Doctoral student

Title of current project:

Measuring and modelling water use in tree production systems: Perspectives from regulated and wild invasion plant communities. 

Study area: Southern Cape region

Promoters: Prof Jos Louw, Prof Christo Fabricius and Dr Mark Gush

Contact details: tatenda.mapeto@mandela.ac.za

   

Current Masunungure

Doctoral student 

Title of research project: Development of a regional alien and invasive species management plan for Eden district and GIS Decision Support System (DSS)

Study area:  Eden District

Promotor:  Prof Christo Fabricius and Dr Anton de Wit

         Contact details:  currentmasunungure@gmail.com or  current.masunungure@mandela.ac.za
   

Samantha Mc Culloch

Doctoral student

Title: Promoting systemic and adaptive governance in conservation: a national protected area expansion project

Study area: Associated G.E.F 5 projects in Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape

Promotors: Peter Novellie, Dirk Roux and Bianca Currie

Contact details: Samantha.mcculloch@mandela.ac.za

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Zanele Hartmann

Doctoral student

Title of current project:

Social-ecological systems approaches to integrated water management: The Swartkops Estuary as a laboratory

Aims and Objectives:

  • describe the current management system of the estuary;
  • assess the views of local stakeholders, and authorities (policy makers ) policy implementers about the management system; 
  • evaluate the consequences, for human well-being and ecosystem services, of the current management system;
  • and co-develop a novel, transformative management system with stakeholders;
  • and Evaluate its legitimacy acceptability and practicability.

Study Area: Swartkops Estuary, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Duration of project: 2017

Promoters: Prof Christo Fabricius and Dr Gavin Snow

Contact details: s197486860@mandela.ac.za

 
 

Jama Mashele

Doctoral student

Title of current project:

Small-scale organic farming and the use of the Participatory Guarantee System(PGS) in rural and peri- urban South Africa:  case studies of farmers in Garden Route Western Cape and Giyani.

Study Area: Giyani (Limpopo) and the Garden Route ( Western cape)

Promoters: Prof Raymond Auerbach & Prof Robert Fincham

Contact details: JamaM@mandela.ac.za

 
 

Keesha Chetty

Msc Nature Conservation

Title of current project:

Identifying the relationship between baboon raiding deterrent methods and crop height in George, Western Cape, South Africa.

Study Area:

         George and surrounding areas.

Promoters: Dr Brandi Wren and Dr Bianca Currie

Contact details: s212247158@mandela.ac.za

   

Nontethelelo Ramantswana

Msc Forestry

Title of current project:

Assessing community engagement programmes to mitigate uncontrolled fires in forest plantation-community interface, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Study Area:

         Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Promoters: Prof Coert Geldenhuys and Dr Bianca Currie

Contact details: nontethelelor@mandela.ac.za

   

Nelsiwe Mpapane

Msc Nature Conservation

Title of current project:

Participative mapping and comparison of cultural ecosystem services (CES) that flow from a neighboring national park and protected environment. 

Study Area:

         Mountain Zebra National Park & Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Protected Environment.

Promoters: Prof Dirk Roux and Dr Bianca Currie

Contact details: pertuniampapane@gmail.com

 
   

Mpho Sekhoto

SRU/NRF Interm

BSocSci Honors in Environmental and Geographical Studies (University of Cape Town) 

Research Interests:

         Environmental policy and governance, complex human-ecological systems, human-environmental interactions

Supervisors: Dr Bianca Currie and Prof Herve Fritz

Contact details: lindasekhoto@gmail.com

   

Peter Makumbe

Doctoral Student

Title of current project:

         Migration patterns, behaviour and ecology of male elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the Hwange-Shangani corridor: Implications for elephant conservation.

Study area: Shangani ranch, Hwange National Park, Corridor (Ngamo, Sikumi, Gwaai, Bembesi, Umgusa, Lake Alice and Gwampa forests)-Zimbabwe

Promotors: Prof Hervé Fritz  and Dr Jan  Venter

Research Interests:

Biodiversity conservation especially in human dominated landscapes, human-wildlife coexistence, wildlife behaviour, ecosystem function and resilience.

Contact details: pmakumbe7@gmail.com

   
 

Monicah Mbiba

Post-doctoral fellow

Phd in Animal, Plant and Environmental Science (University of the Witwatersrand)

Host: Prof Christo Fabricius

Research Interests:

Biodiversity and conservation in human dominated landscapes, natural resource use and rural livelihoods, and Savanna ecology

Contact details: mambiba@gmail.com

   
 

Maud Czerwinski

Msc Ethology and Ecology 

Current project:

Baboon plasticity and how they adapt to their new environment changed by the fire. I am currently working on the impact of the fire on their home range and on the daily activity of 10 individuals.  I am following baboons from sunrise to sunset and studying their behaviour. The aim of this study is to have a better understanding of their ecology to find solution for a better cohabitation on campus.

Study Area:

         Nelson Mandela University, George Campus and surrounding area

Research Interests:

Interactions between human and wildlife, preservation of the environment and wildlife, cohabitation of human and wildlife.

Promoters: Dr Chloé Guerbois and Prof Hervé Fritz

Contact details: maud.czerwinski@gmail.com