New contract lecturer at the Fitz: Dr Susan Cunningham
Dr Susie Cunningham has been appointed from 1 June 2015 to a contract lecturer post within the FitzPatrick Institute. This appointment is initially for three years, but with the intention to extend her position for the duration of the Centre of Excellence (CoE). Susie has worked closely with our CoE core team member at the University of Pretoria, Prof. Andrew McKechnie to keep the ‘Hot Birds’ programme going following Phil Hockey’s death.
Susie arrived at the Fitz as a post-doctoral fellow in 2010 fresh from a PhD on tactile and chemosensory perception in Kiwis, and was thrown into an entirely different arena, assessing the impacts of hot weather events on desert birds. She handled the transition with ease, and has gone on to impress everyone with her unassuming efficiency and professionalism.
In addition to running the UCT part of the 'Hot Birds" programme, Susie will also assist with running and teaching the MSc Conservation Biology course. We are very lucky to have her, and we’ll try our utmost to ensure that her tenure extends beyond that of the CoE.