Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Christopher Brooke

– Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project Title:

Late Pleistocene mammals of the Palaeo-Agulhas plain: The facilitation role of mega-herbivores and the implications for modern rewilding of landscapes

Christopher is an ecologist interested in behavioral ecology of large mammals and what drives the distribution of species in the environment. He is current work focusses on megaherbivores as ecosystem engineers and the roles they play in manipulating and facilitating habitat for other species in the southern Cape. In the cape of South Africa megaherbivores have been absent for much of our recent history, but prior to colonization, occurred throughout much of the landscape and likely facilitated habitat for grazing species throughout the course of history. This work aims to provide a key glimpse into the past using our current understanding of large mammals to predict how historic mammals would have sued the southern Cape and Palaeo-Agulhas Plain environment (a now submerged landscape off the southern Cape). Christopher’s research interests include Paleoecology, ecological modelling, and behavioral ecology.


Rob Davis

– Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project Title:

Assessing the density, distribution and spatiotemporal dynamics of small carnivores across African conservation landscapes

Rob is a conservation ecologist interested in how anthropogenic and biotic pressures impact carnivore ecology, including spatial and temporal partitioning, habitat use and population density. He completed his BSc at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, in 2011 and spent a year in the Kalahari working for the University of Cambridge on the Kalahari Meerkat Project. Following this, Rob worked for a carnivore research project in Malawi and during this time started his PhD at Nottingham Trent University. Rob’s PhD focused on the status and behavioural ecology of large carnivores in Kasungu National Park, Malawi, and looked at how anthropogenic pressures had impacted the large carnivore guild in the park. Rob is interested in studies applying spatial capture-recapture and occupancy models to camera trap data and is hoping to collaborate on a wide array of projects during his time as a postdoc at Nelson Mandela University.


Lain E. Pardo

– Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Lain E. Pardo is a Colombian Biologist with a Master in Conservation and Wildlife Management and PhD in Tropical Ecology. His work has focused on understanding species responses to anthropogenic disturbances to improve conservation planning, particularly for mammal species. He has experience in different survey methods, modeling of species occupancy and biodiversity measures, and has worked in countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Australia, and currently South Africa. As a postdoc, he is currently investigating the occupancy, habitat use and diversity of medium and large-sized mammals across South Africa, as well as supporting different aspects of the Snapshot Safari project.