Doctoral Students

Dominic Rollinson

Dominic Rollinson

Dominic Rollinson
(MSc UKZN, Pietermaritzburg)

John Day Building: 2.09
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 3303
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 3295


Since the the age of eight Dominic has been fascinated by birds and the natural environment and growing up in Zululand meant many family trips were spent in game reserves around KZN as well as twitching birds across the country. His interest in birds soon led to an interest in other animals like mammals, frogs and reptiles and this resulted in a number of trips to some of the less visited areas of southern Africa and this interest was further reinforced by his experience working as a biodiversity specialist. Dominic completed a BSc Hons in Environmental Science and then MSc in Zoology through the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, where he studied the suburban ecology of Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat. After a trip aboard a scientific vessel as a seabird observer off Cape Agulhas he became interested in seabirding and is currently registered as a PhD student at the FitzPatrick Institute focussing on the conservation of seabirds.

Thesis (submitted March 2017)

Understanding and mitigating seabird bycatch in the South African pelagic longline fishery. (Supervisors: Peter Ryan and Ross Wanless)

Peer-reviewed publications

Rollinson, D.P., Cardwell, P., De Blocq, A., and Nicolau, J.R. 2017. Out-of-range sighting of a South Georgian diving petrel Pelecanoides georgicus in the southeast Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ornithology 45: 21-22.

Rollinson, D.P., Dilley, B.J., Davies, D. and Ryan, P.G. 2016. Diving behavior of Grey Petrels and its relevance for mitigating long-line by-catch. EMU Austral Ornithology.

Rollinson, D.P. 2015. Rare seabird sightings off north and west Madagascar, January-February 2014. Bull ABC 22(2):204-208. - See more at:

Rollinson, D.P., Dilley B. J. and Ryan P. G. (2014). Diving behaviour of white-chinned petrels and its relevance for mitigating longline bycatch. Polar Biology DOI 10.1007/s00300-014-1521-y.

Semi-popular publications

Rollinson, D.P. 2016. Sighting at sea: Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea off Durban, South Africa. Biodiversity Observations 7(18): 1-2

Rollinson, D.P. 2016. At-sea sightings of banded Tristan Albatrosses off the Western Cape and a review of records in southern African waters. Biodiversity Observations 7(66): 1-4

Rollinson, D.P., and Rollinson, P.L. 2016. Observations of the courtship display of a White-Backed Night Heron from South Africa. Biodiversity Observations 7(53): 1

Rollinson, D.P. 2016. Rare seabird sightings from a pelagic longline vessel off South Africa, July-September 2013. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 23: 164-175. No IF

Rollinson, D.P., and Rollinson, P.L. 2016. Snowy Egret Egretta thula in Cape Town, South Africa – second record for continental Africa. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 23: 219-222.