My research interests are focussed mainly on the behavioural ecology of marine mammals, as well as other semi-aquatic animals. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how animals interact behaviourally with their immediate environments and how environmental changes are likely to affect the behavioural patterns they exhibit. This is important since differences in how some species, and possibly even populations, cope with anthropogenic stressors is related to their behavioural adaptability. My research on Marion Island focusses on investigating the at-sea behavioural strategies of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina), and ultimately aims to assess the relationships between at-sea behaviours and the fitness and reproductive success of individuals. I have been involved in the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme (intermittently at first) since 2005 when I overwintered on the island as a field assistant to the programme. Other ongoing research interests include studies on the behavioural ecology of Cape clawless otters (Aonyx capensis) in South Africa, as well as terrestrial impacts of fur seal populations on Marion Island.
My profile and publications can be viewed at:
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=d7ckencAAAAJ&hl=en
University of Pretoria profile: http://www.up.ac.za/zoology/old_zoology/staff.php?person=236