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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

Google Scholar Link: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=8TiIEWMAAAAJ&hl=en

   

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

www.confluent.co.za

on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confluent.co.za/

on Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackie-dabrowski-6199b54b/

   

 

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

Partner institutions: CNRS, CIRAD, Hwange LTER, RP-PCP, ZPWMA, SANParks

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

Promoter: Prof Christo Fabricius and Dr Gavin Snow

Contact details: s197486860@mandela.ac.za

   

Sibonokuhle Nontongana

Msc (Agriculture)

Title of current project:

Adapting to climate change in South Africa: Commercial and Emerging dairy farmers' perception of and response to changing climate.

Study Area:

         Tsitsikamma for commercial farmers, Peddie and Queenstown for emerging farmers.

Promoter: Prof Christo Fabricius

Contact details: s213370026@mandela.ac.za

   
 
 

Keesha Chetty

Msc 

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.

Promoter: Dr Brandi Wren and Dr Bianca Currie

Contact details: s212247158@mandela.ac.za 

   
 

Nontethelelo Ramantswana

Msc 

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

Promoter: Prof Coert Geldenhuys and Dr Bianca Currie

Contact details: nontethelelor@mandela.ac.za