SAWMA Conference 2019

1 – 5 September 2019
Wilderness Hotel, Southern Cape

Contact SAWMA secretariat: Elma Marais,, 021-5541297

Scientific Committee:

Jan Venter (Chair) (Nelson Mandela University); Elma Marais (Secretary)

Michael Somers, Maartin Strauss, Robyn Hetem, Tineke Kraaij, Herve Fritz, Lain Pardo-Vargas, Craig Tambling, Dan Parker, Frans Radloff, Bianca Currie, Chloe Guerbois

Student winners 2019

Book prizes were awarded for best presentations by students in the following catagories:

Speed presentation

1st Prize:  Frances Martens (NMU) – A comparative study of bird flight height: man vs photogrammetry.
2nd Prize:  Leanne Ray (TUT) – Population dynamics of leopards in the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve.

Hons and MSc Full presentation

1st Prize: Wesley Hartmann (US) – First guidelines and ethical protocol for surveying African elephants (Loxodonta africana) with an unmanned aerial vehicle.
2nd Prize: Sally Reece (CPUT) – Conservation management in confined space: does anthropogenic action influence large mammal space use?
3rd Prize: Zanri Schoeman (NMU) – The influence of predator control and nest location on Cape gannet egg predation by Kelp gulls at Lambert’s Bay gannet colony.

PhD Full presentation

1st Prize: Vincent Naude (UCT) – Under the skin of a culture: DNA-based assignment reveals a transnational trade in illegal leopard skins across southern Africa.
2nd Prize: David Marneweck (UP) – Effects of space use on fitness in African wild dogs.
3rd Prize: Lucy Smythe (UCT) – Can leopard pelage patterns be used to determine relatedness?

From left to right:Sally Reece, Wesley Hartmann, Lucy Smyth, Vincent Naude, Leanne Ray, Francis Martens, Zanri Schoeman and Tafadzwa Shumba (Winner of the Fairall Award – see awards page)

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