Par Shumba le 2 March 2017 à 15:42
I have been quiet as it happens when I'm stuck in the office analysing data and writing papers... Well the view from my office is the following one, so I can't complain either...
So here is a status update: as of the 28th of February 2017, I finished my 2 years post-doctoral fellowship with the UFS working on bat-eared foxes.
While finishing, I started looking for my next job and I was lucky enough to find a pure jewel!
So if you are looking for me, I will be playing with cheetahs (the actual animal and data) in Namibia starting in May! I will be working with Cheetah Conservation Fund based in Otjiwarango. It is impossible for me to translate how happy I am! Not only I will work on my 3rd large carnivore species, but I will be doing so in Namibia, the very country where I fell in love with Africa back in 1999!
I will be their Ecologist/ Conservation Scientist working on a lot of projects to provide a better understanding of cheetahs, their relationships with farmers and communities with the ultimate goal of building sound conservation programs and helping conserving this spotted cat, fattest creature on earth.
That's it for now, I'll keep you updated as soon as I get there!
And now, time for a well deserved break of 6 weeks in France. Well break, you know what I mean...
Par Shumba le 8 January 2017 à 17:27
After a wondefull 3 weeks trip down the West Coast and Cape Town with my dearest friend Sam, I'm back in the Free State for the last 2 months of my post-doc contract with UFS.
It's gonna be tough time with heaps of things to do...
For whats it's coming next year, stay tuned, I'll tell you more soon!
Par Shumba le 5 June 2016 à 11:42
So this is it, I left the field and moved to the Free State for the remain gin of my contract here (i.e. end of March 2017).
I'm now living on a farm with my bestie and we are loving it!! Stay tune for the updates!!
The view from my porch!!! Yeah, no kidding!
Par Shumba le 4 April 2016 à 10:40
Sorry I've been quiet lately. I'm back in the Kalahari with the only fox left... We had a rabies outbreak that seriously hit the population here, leaving us with only 1 habituated fox: Barbie. All the others disappeared, either found dead or just never seen again. We also lost our 2 dads, Cylon and Baine, with their litters. It's very sad, but this is nature. Batties populations are known to fluctuate like this. Back in Hwange, we used to see many batties in 2008 then we didn't see any until 2012. So we hope that in a couple of years the population of KRR will recover and filed can begin again.
So I only have 5 weeks left here in the field. Just enough time to finish the vegetation sampling for my habitat selection study and to calibrate a few last things on Barbie. Then I'll pack all my gear in Kenji, and drive across the country to Clarens, close to our Campus, to finish my postdoc analysing our data and writing papers. I'm sure I'll miss the bush, but it'll be nice to see the results of our work in the Kalahari. And to be in town for a while as well!
Meanwhile, I keep my self busy with new photography project: strarscapes and time lapses! I'm loving it!
Here is a sample image, but have a look through the blog to see what an amazing sky we have above our heads while working in the bush at night!
Par Shumba le 25 November 2015 à 16:05
Like most of us, when I started my postdoc, my PhD work was far from finished. But I'm still working on it and we recently managed to publish a new paper.
We show how changes in lion population density and composition affects hyaena diet and foraging strategies. It's published in Journal of Zoology and you can find it here. Let me know if you want a pdf copy of the paper, I'll be glad to send it to you.
The very good news is that the following picture is also making the cover of the journal issue! The journal will also be featuring a podcast interview in which I answer questions about our work. You can check it here, it should be aired in January.
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