Christiaan grew up in Pretoria and developed a keen interest and appreciation for nature from a young age. This led him to pursue studies in this field and he received a BSc Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Pretoria. His project involved defining the methodology for combining camera-trapping with photogrammetry and he used South China Tigers as his study species. After completing this degree, he took on the challenging job of a field assistant on sub-Antarctic Marion Island where he conducted research on seals for the Mammal Research Institute. Even in this isolated and seemingly pristine environment he witnessed signs of human influence: seals entangled in fishing nets, albatross stomachs bloated with plastic and even old rusted boiling pots which bespoke of the days when killing seals for their skins and blubber was still lucrative. He is looking forward to further educating himself and gaining a deeper understanding of how the natural world functions, what effect human beings have on it, and what our role and responsibilities are within this system. His interests include various outdoor activities, martial arts (he is an avid Jiu-Jitsu practitioner) and he also plays a mean game of squash.
The reintroduction of bearded vultures in South Africa: a feasibility analysis (Supervisors: Arjun Amar, Sonja Krüger)