Graduated: June 2016
Dominic grew up on farm outside of Johannesburg, on which he spent many a fascinating day exploring nature in all its beauty. In 2004, in a misguided attempt to conform, he started a degree in Business Science at UCT. Dominic quickly realized that his heart did not lie within the confines of a general ledger.
In 2006, Dominic began his BSc in Ecology at UCT, and went on to complete his Honours in Zoology in 2009. Before beginning further postgraduate studies, Dominic took a year off from academia. After completing his FGASA courses, he worked as a field guide at Madikwe Game Reserve, and spent the last few months of 2010 working on a concession at Cahorra Bassa Dam in Mozambique.
Dominic’s interest in the movement ecology of local waterbirds was sparked by his honours thesis which focused on understanding the links between ecological traits and dispersal potential of waterbirds. Dominic has recently graduated with a PhD on a similar topic based in isiMangaliso Wetland Park.
A multi-scale study on the movement ecology of Afrotropical waterbirds (Supervisor: Graeme Cumming)
Pillay, D., Branch, G.M., Dawson, J., Henry, D. 2011. Contrasting effects of ecosystem engineering by the cordgrass Spartina maritima and the sandprawn Callianassa kraussi in a marine-dominated lagoon. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 91:169-176.