Conservation Biology Masters Students (2015/16)

Julia van Velden

Julia van Velden


Julia is originally from Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West Province, and moved to Cape Town to begin her undergraduate degree at UCT in 2010. After some initial indecision she decided to train as a zoologist. An Honours degree in biological sciences followed, also at UCT. Her two honours projects both involved animal diseases, studying mite infections in Black Sparrowhawks and diabetes in Chacma Baboons. After completing honours, she took a break to volunteer at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation for six months, working on endangered birds. Being a big fan of both UCT’s biology department and Cape Town in general, she decided to apply for a place on the conservation biology masters course. Her main interests are human-wildlife conflict and animal behaviour, and she also enjoys horse riding, movie-watching and procrastination


Cranes and crops: investigating the viability of Blue Cranes in agricultural lands of the Western Cape. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan, Res Altwegg)