Growing up in the small town of Concordia in Namaqualand, South Africa, Alexis’ love for nature and his surroundings was sparked with long visits to the family farm on the weekends. Alexis later moved to Cape Town to pursue his dream of becoming a biologist. He completed his BSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). During his time at UWC he did an internship at the UWC Nature Reserve and was also involved in the community of Namaqualand with various volunteer programs.
During 2013-14 he was employed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (Western Cape Government) to review Environmental Impact Assessments. Alexis later got the opportunity to overwinter at Marion Island which he describes as life changing and where he fell in love with seabirds, especially the Wandering Albatross. Upon his return from Marion Island, he joined the Fitz as a research assistant and in 2016 started his BSc Honours in Biological Science at the University of Cape Town. His Honours thesis investigated the relationship between moult patterns and breeding success in the Wandering Albatross at Marion Island. For his Masters, Alexis continue to study moult patterns and breeding success in the Wandering and Tristan Albatross and Northern and Southern Giant Petrels at Marion and Gough Island.
Understanding moult patterns and breeding success of the Wandering and Tristan Albatross and Northern and Southern Giant Petrels at Marion and Gough Island. Supervisor: Peter Ryan