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Conservation Biology Masters Students (2015/16)

Angela Ferguson

Angela Ferguson

Email: angferguson3@gmail.com

Angela grew up in Zimbabwe loving the beauty and diversity of her country’s natural environment. This sparked her interest in conservation at a young age. During her gap year she worked as a teacher’s assistant and as a trainee guide at Antelope Park, a private reserve in Zimbabwe that is home to the ALERT programme for lion conservation. She particularly enjoyed assisting the local researcher with behavioral studies in an on-site release area, which convinced her to do an undergraduate degree in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University. In 2014 she moved to UCT to do Honours in Biological Sciences where her thesis focused on the impacts of rising elephant densities on mopane woodlands in the idyllic Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve (Zimbabwe). Whilst studying, she realized that conserving biodiversity is an extremely important and multi-faceted global issue that touches every corner of society. She is passionate about people and nature and believes that empowering people with knowledge and skills to be good stewards of the environment is key to the success of conservation. Inspired by organizations that bridge the gaps between science and society, she aspires to work for one of these on completion of the CB course. She loves hockey, frisbee, horse riding, camping, spending time with family and friends and exploring new places.

Thesis

Using Conditioned Food Aversion (CFA) to reduce Pied crow (Corvus albus) predation of plover nests. (Supervisors: Robert Thomson, Tom Flower)