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Centre for African Conservation Ecology

ACE comprises staff principally of the Botany, Geosciences, Statistics and Zoology departments and the School of Natural Resources.

The Centre for African Conservation Ecology is led by the Director, Prof. Graham Kerley, with support from thea Deputy-Director, Prof Vincent Kakembo,and an internal management committee. 

Staff members contribute expertise that includes: Animal-plant, predator-prey interactions, landscape function, land use and cover/vegetation change, GIS and remote sensing applications, erosion forms, hillslope hydrology, vegetation ecology, plant stress physiology, soil nitrogen and soil nutrient availability.

Core staff

Prof. G.I.H Kerley PhD (UPE) Director, and Distinguished Professor, Zoology

Prof. V. Kakembo PhD (Rhodes) Deputy-Director, and Professor, Geosciences

Prof. E.E. Campbell PhD (UPE) Associate Professor, Botany

Dr. D.R. du Preez PhD (UPE) Senior Lecturer, Botany,  and Director of School of Environmental Sciences

Dr. A. Schmidt (NMMU) Senior Lecturer, Natural Resource Management

Dr. V. Goodall PHD, Senior Lecturer, Statistics Department

Research staff

Dr. S.L. Wilson PHD

Research associates

Dr. Joris Cromsigt (Swedish Agricultural University, Umea, Sweden)

Dr. C. (Rina) C. Grant (Bathurst, South Africa)

Dr. Angela Gaylard (SANParks, Knysna, South Africa)

Dr. Matt W. Hayward (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Dr. Stephen Holness (SANParks, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Dr. Mike H. Knight (SANParks, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Dr. Peter Law (New York, USA)

Dr. Wayne L. Linklater (Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

Dr. N. (Kwezi) Mzilikazi (National Research Foundation, Pretoria)


Director
Prof Graham Kerley
Professor Graham Kerley
Position: Professor, Zoology & Director: Centre for African Conservation Ecology
Department: Zoology
Room: 12-114c
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 27 41 504 2308
Fax: +27(0)41 504 1908
Email: graham.kerley@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: B.Sc.(Hons.)(UPE), M.Sc.(Pret), Phd(UPE).
Expertise: Animal-plant and predator-prey interactions, and conservation biology.

Deputy Director
Prof Vincent  Kakembo
Prof Vincent Kakembo
Position: Professor, Geosciences Department
Department: Geosciences
Room: 0358
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 27 41 504 4516
Fax: +27 41 504 2340
Email: Vincent.Kakembo@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Erosion forms, Hillslope hydrology, landscape function, land use and cover/vegetation change, GIS and remote sensing applications

Core Staff
Prof Eileen Campbell
Prof Eileen Campbell
Position: HOD - Department of Botany
Department: Botany
Room: 12 -1 08
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: +27 041 5042329
Fax: 041-5832317
Email: Eileen.Campbell@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Phytoplankton, Sandy beaches, Coastal zone management, Restoration ecology
My site: http://www.nmmu.ac.za/EileenCampbell/

Derek Du Preez
Dr Derek Du Preez
Position: Acting Director of School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Botany
Room: 12 01 07
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 27 41 504 2721
Fax: 27 41 583 2317
Email: Derek.DuPreez@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: Bsc, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD
Expertise: Geographical Information Systems, Microalgal ecophysiology, Plant stress physiology, Seaweed mariculture (cultivation of seaweeds), Soil nitrogen and soil nutrient availability
My site: http://www.nmmu.ac.za/DerekDuPreez/

Mr AG Schmidt
Mr AG Schmidt
Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Nature Conservation (George campus)
Location: George Campus
Phone: 27 44 801 5043
Fax: 27 44 801 5031
Email: anton.schmidt@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: M.Sc

Victoriag
Dr Victoria Goodall
Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Statistics
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 041-5044552
Email: victoria.goodall@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD

Research staff
Dr Sharon Wilson
Dr Sharon Wilson
Position: Research Fellow
Department: Zoology
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 27 41 5042947
Fax: 27 41 5042317
Email: sharon.wilson@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Herbivore Foraging Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology

Post Doctorate Fellows
Marietjie Landman
Dr Marietjie Landman
Position: Postdoctoral fellow
Department: Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE)
Room: 12-01 08
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 27 41 504 2493
Fax: 27 86 617 3288
Email: marietjie.landman@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Terrestrial ecology; Large herbivore ecology; Plant-animal interactions; Conservation ecology
Responsibilities: Research; Postgraduate student supervision
My site: http://connect.nmmu.ac.za/Members/mlandman

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Ms Elizabeth Le Roux
Position: PhD Student
Department: Zoology
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: +27825599785
Email: leezaleroux@gmail.com
Qualifications: MSc

Research Associate
Dr Wayne Linklater
Dr Wayne Linklater
Position: Research Associate
Department: Zoology
Location: Off-campus
Phone: 64 4 463 5233
Fax: 64 4 463 5331
Email: wayne.linklater@vuw.ac.nz
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: large herbivore behavioural ecology, source-recipient population dynamics and management

Dr Tony Palmer
Dr Tony Palmer
Position: Research Associate
Department: Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE)
Location: Off-campus
Phone: 0725301631
Fax: 0466362623
Email: palmert@arc.agric.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: rangeland ecology, remote sensing, GIS, climate modelling, landscape water use

Dr Stephen Holness
Dr Stephen Holness
Department: Zoology
Location: Off-campus
Phone: 041 508-5414
Fax: 041 508-5415
Email: sholness@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: systematic conservation planning; spatial biodiversity assessment and GIS; climate change, land degradation processes, fluvial geomorphology, integrated catchment management and rehabilitation of damaged ecosystems

Dr Matthew Hayward
Dr Matthew Hayward
Position: School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Department: Zoology
Location: Off-campus
Phone: 61 350 245859
Fax: 61 350 245859
Email: hayers111@aol.com
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: conservation ecology

Dr Michael Knight
Dr Michael Knight
Position: General Manager Planning & Development SANP
Department: Zoology
Room: 87-OG
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: +(0) 41-5085411
Fax: +(0)41-5085415
Email: m.knight@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Conservation planning, large mammal ecology, ecophysiology, black rhino ecology, aerial surveys,
Responsibilities: Park expansion & development, contractual parks, Chair: IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group, Chair: SADC Rhino Management Group, Member IUCN Antelope Specialist Group.

Dr Nomakwezi Mzilikazi
Dr Nomakwezi Mzilikazi
Position: Research Associate
Department: Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE)
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 27 12 420 6851
Email: kwezi.mzilikazi@up.ac.za
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Ecophysiology; Small Mammal Biology; Reproduction; Energetics
Responsibilities: Supervision of Post Graduate Students; Research

Joris Cromsigt
Dr. Joris Cromsigt
Position: Research Associate
Department: Zoology
Location: Summerstrand Campus (South)
Phone: 46 70 676 0097
Fax: 46 90 786 8162
Email: jcromsigt@hotmail.com
Qualifications: PhD
Expertise: Savanna ecology, trophic interactions, community ecology, large herbivores