Students & Associates
Honorary Research Associate
BSc Hons (Acadia, Canada), MSc (Witwatersrand), PhD
Birds & Environmental Change Partnership Programme,
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Tel: +27 (0)21 799 8722
Fax: +27 (0)21 799 8705
work is about why some species are more vulnerable to environmental change
than others, what birds can tell us about ecosystem health and human
well-being, how species move across fragmented landscapes in response to
climate and land-use change, and what options we have to help them persist
through the next few difficult centuries.
UCT/SANBI research team on global change and conservation biology of fynbos
endemics uses the lenses of behavioural, evolutionary, population, molecular
and stress ecology in order to understand bird vulnerability in real-life
and virtual landscapes.
worked diverse issues, large and small -- from sexual selection in flashy
African birds, energetics and behaviour of raptors in North America and
southern Africa, national biodiversity and climate change strategic
planning, policy and research, and the status and trends of the world’s
ecosystems and their ability to support human health, livelihoods and
climate scientist at SANBI and Fitz research associate, Phoebe works with
Brian Huntley and Yvonne Collingham (Durham University), Rhys Green
(Cambridge University/ RSPB), Dale Wright (BirdLife South Africa), Mark
Brown (Nature’s Valley Trust), Jeremy Midgley and Jacqueline Bishop (UCT),
Anton Pauw and students Anina Heystek and Bongani Mnisi (Stellenbosch
University), Ross Turner (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Sjirk Geerts (Cape
Peninsula University of Technology) and Martine Maron (Queensland
University) to understand bird vulnerability to global change, and options
for increasing adaptation in fragmented landscapes.
Phoebe founded and ran Namibia’s national biodiversity and climate change
programmes, contributed to that country’s environmental observation system,
to the global board and scenarios group of the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment, and she coordinated the scientific work of the Global Invasive
Species Programme secretariat. She has produced three books, numerous
booklets and book chapters, and a government policy, in addition to
scientific papers, and has successfully raised funds to establish a national
park in Namibia.
currently honorary president of BirdLife South Africa (2013-2015) and serves
on the editorial boards of Climate Change Responses and African
Journal of Ecology. She and two young co-editors are working on a
Society for Conservation Biology book, profiling inspiring young women in
African conservation biology. She has been honoured with a Fulbright
Fellowship and a Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Service
Climate Change Vulnerability &
Current postdoctoral researchers and students
Alan T.K. Lee: Spatial
and temporal patterns of abundance and dispersal by fynbos avifauna
(Supervisors: Phoebe Barnard and
(U. Stellenbosch): Spatial ecology of bird pollination in the Cape Floristic
Region (Supervisors: Anton Pauw and Phoebe Barnard)
Beth Mackay (UCT
EGS): Urbanization and disease in Cape Sugarbirds
Ebrey (UCT PFIAO): Climate and habitat modelling for bird species in
southern Africa (truncated)
postdoctoral researchers and students
Global changes and bird community responses to vegetation structure in
southern Africa (2007-2010, Supervisors: Phoebe Barnard, Guy Midgley)
Current and future vulnerability of South African ecosystems to perennial
grass invasion under global change scenarios (2006-09, Supervisors: Karen
Esler, Sue Milton, Phoebe Barnard)
Mokotjomela: Bird dispersal of invasive alien plants in changing climates:
emerging invaders in South Africa (2008-10, Supervisors: Karen Esler,
Charles Musil, Phoebe Barnard)
Impacts of environmental change on large terrestrial bird species in South
Africa: insights from citizen science data (2008-12, Supervisors: Les
Underhill, Phoebe Barnard)
Chalmandrier: Fire impact on bird communities of the Cape fynbos (2008-09,
Supervisors: Clelia Sirami, Phoebe Barnard)
Spatial ecology of bird pollination in the Cape Floristic Region (upgraded)
Competition for pollination structures in Erica communities (2011,
Supervisors: Anton Pauw, Phoebe Barnard)
Avians versus arthropods: what really pollinates Protea
lepidocarpodendron? (2011, Supervisors: Anton Pauw, Phoebe Barnard)
Protea compacta architecture and Cape Sugarbird (Promerops cafer)
behaviour: a loose connection or tight bond? (2011, Supervisors: Jeremy
Midgley, Phoebe Barnard)
Downs, C, Harebottle, D., Dodman, T., Ndiaye, A, Barnard, P.,
Huntley, B., Ogada, D., Botha, A. & Ng’weno, F. 2014. Birds in a changing
environment: Report on the 13th Pan-African Ornithological Congress in
Arusha, Tanzania. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 85:1,
iii-vi. DOI 10.2989/00306525.2014.912452.
Collingham, Y.C., Huntley, B, Altwegg, R., Barnard, P., Beveridge,
O.S. Gregory, R.D., Mason, L.R. Oschadleus, H.D., Simmons, R.E., Willis,
S.G. & Green, R.E. 2014. Prediction
of mean adult survival rates of southern African birds from demographic and
ecological covariates. Ibis (in press, 29 July 2014)
Heystek, A., Geerts, S., Barnard, P. & Pauw, A. 2014.
preference in sunbirds does not translate into plant fitness differences in
a polymorphic Erica species. Evolutionary Ecology, DOI
Huntley, B., Midgley, G.F., Barnard, P. & Valdes, P.J. 2014.
Persistent climatic suitability at sub-orbital time scales in Cape centres
of biological diversity. Journal of Biogeography, 41:
Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard, P. 2014. Aspects of the
ecology and morphology of the protea seedeater, Crithagra leucopterus,
a little-known Fynbos endemic. African Zoology 49(2):295-300.
Rahlao, S.J., Milton, S.J., Esler, K.J. & Barnard, P. 2014. Performance of
invasive alien fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum) along a climatic
gradient through three South African biomes. South African Journal of
Chalmandrier, L., Midgley, G.F., Barnard, P. & Sirami, C. 2013.
Effects of time since fire on birds in a plant diversity hotspot. Acta
Chambers, L.E., Altwegg, R., Barbraud, C., Barnard, P., Beaumont, L.,
Crawford, R., Durant, J., Hughes, L. Keatley, M., Low, M., Morellato, P.,
Poloczanska, E., Ruoppelo, V., Vanstreels, R., Woehler, E. & Wolfaardt, A.
2013. Phenological changes in the southern hemisphere. PLoS ONE
8(10): e75514. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075514.
Heystek, A., Geerts, S., Barnard, P. & Pauw, A. 2013. Abstract SAAB
Annual Meeting: Flower colour preference of sunbird pollinators. South
African Journal of Botany 86:160.
Huntley, B., Allen, J.R.M., Barnard, P., Collingham, Y.C. & Holliday,
P.R. 2013. Species distribution models indicate contrasting late-Quaternary
histories for Southern and Northern Hemisphere bird species. Global
Ecology and Biogeography 22:277-288.
Broms, K., Erni, B., Barnard, P., Midgley, G.F. & Underhill, L.G..
2012. Novel methods reveal shifts in migration phenology of barn swallows in
South Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:1485-1490.
Barnard, P., Koh, L.P., Chapman, C.A., Altwegg, R., Garner, T.W.J.,
Gompper, M.E., Gordon, I.J., Katzner, T.E. & Pettorelli, N. 2012. Funding
nature conservation: who pays? Animal Conservation 15:215-216.
Altwegg, R., Barnard, P., Collingham, Y.C. & Hole, D.G. 2012.
Modelling relationships between species spatial abundance patterns and
climate. Global Ecology and Biogeography IP.
Huntley, B. & Barnard, P. 2012. Potential impacts of climatic change
on southern African birds of fynbos and grassland biodiversity hotspots.
Diversity and Distributions IP.
Midgley, J.J., Barnard, P., Simmons, R.E. & Johnson, S.D. 2012.
Experimental evidence for bird pollination and corolla damage by ants in the
short-tubed flowers of Erica halicacaba (Ericaceae). South African
Journal of Botany 79:25-31.
& Midgley, G. 2010. No going back for species and ecosystems. Book Review:
Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming by Anthony D. Barnosky.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25:9-10.
Barnard, P., Altwegg, R., Chambers, L., Coetzee, B.W. T., Gibson, L.,
Hockey, P.A.R., Hole, D.G., Midgley, G.F.,
Underhill, L.G. & Willis, S.G.
2010. Beyond bioclimatic envelopes: dynamic species’ range and abundance
modelling in the context of climatic change. Ecography 33: 1-6.
Esler, K.J., Milton, S.J. & Barnard, P. 2010. Nutrient Addition and
Moisture Promote the Invasiveness of Crimson Fountaingrass (Pennisetum
setaceum). Weed Science 58:154-159.
Milton, S.J., Esler, K.J. & Barnard, P. 2010. The distribution of
invasive Pennisetum setaceum along roadsides in western South
the role of corridor interchanges. Weed Research 50:537-543.
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