Researcher biography


Bachelor of Science

Project title:

The Ecology of Modified Vertebrate Scavenger Assemblages

Project description:

Global vulture conservation requires a multi-faceted approach to stem their precipitous declines. Among the top five threats contributing most to vulture declines is a lack of safe and reliable food resources. Therefore, vulture ecological and interspecific interactions across their ranges must be considered for effective conservation initiatives. However, the impact that the steady decline of global large carnivores who produce carcasses for vultures remains largely understudied. By investigating this vulture-large carnivore relationship in the Southern African setting, I aim to reveal how the presence-absence of specific large carnivores such as spotted hyaenas impacts vulture food acquisition.


Rufford Small Grants Fund


Prof. Martine Maron, Dr. Matthew S. Luskin