Christie grew up in the farming district of Kokstad in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her hours spent exploring the mountains on horseback as well as family holidays to places like Kruger National Park led her to develop a deep appreciation for the natural world. After finishing high school she began a degree in the social sciences at Rhodes University. After first year she decided to pick up some science credits and went on to graduate with majors in Psychology, Entomology and Zoology. She qualified with Honours in African Vertebrate Biodiversity from Rhodes University a year later. During her Honours year she undertook two research projects. The first was part of a long term study, which looked at how the bird community at an Aloe ferox patch outside of Grahamstown changed during flowering. The second was a study of the diet of cheetahs at Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, using a combination of scat analysis and kill sightings. She then began an internship at the South African Bird Ringing Unit where she helped manage the ringing database. During the internship she took on the role of project coordinator for OdonataMap, a project within the Animal Demography Unit’s Virtual Museum which uses people’s photographs to map the distribution of damselflies and dragonflies in southern Africa. Christie has dual interests in social and environmental issues and she is looking forward to furthering her knowledge in Conservation Biology- a field which ties these interests together. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, baking, birding, dragonfly watching and nature photography.
Assessing the antanthropogenic threats to vultures in the communal farmlands of Namibia. (Supervisors: Robert Thomson, Andrea Santangeli)