Friday, July 13, 2007

HOORC research at Society for Conservation Biology

HOORC ecologist Dr Casper Bonyongo attended the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) in Port Elizabeth from July 1st to 5th 2007, participating in the symposium, Declining Populations Of Large Mammals In African Protected Areas: Establishing The Causes, chaired by Professor Norman Owen-Smith. Dr Bonyongo’s presentation, Changes in Large Herbivore Populations in a Protected Dynamic Wetland Ecosystem; The Okavango Delta, Botswana, reported declines of populations of 11 species of herbivores in the Delta from 1995 to 2006 and recommended further research to better understand the population dynamics of major predators and predator/prey interactions.

The Society, dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity, offers links to Service Awards , Student Awards, and Post-doctoral Fellowships in the area of conservation studies.

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