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Alistair has been involved in
conservation related work since 1998, initially, in conservation management and
research and, more recently, in conservation planning and implementation. He
spent five years at the Durban Natural Science Museum under ornithologist David
Allen where he was involved in, amongst other things, waterbird censuses and
research into the critically endangered White-winged Flufftail. He completed
his MSc on the biology of the Grey-headed Gull primarily focused on movements
and comparative breeding ecology. After this extended internship, Alistair took
up a full time ecologist post in the environmental planning section of the
eThekwini (Durban) Municipality. He was responsible for two versions of the
open space plan for the city including a fine-scale systematic conservation
plan that is currently being implemented.
Alistair is a keen naturalist and conservationist. He played an integral role
in the establishment of the only Environmental Special Rating Area in South
Africa, the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct, effectively conserving and
managing 360 ha of scarp forest and rare sandstone grasslands. He appreciates
the value of applied research especially at fine spatial scales that can be
applied to policy and management implementation.
conservation, Rarity &
conservation of African birds
At-sea behavioural responses of African penguins Spheniscus demersus in
relation to small-scale variability in prey distribution: implications for
Marine Protected Areas (Supervisors:
Lorien Pichegru & Peter Ryan).
Recent peer-reviewed publications
McInnes A.M. & Allan, D.G. 2011. Distribution, abundance and movements of the
Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus in South Africa. Durban Museum
Novitates 34: .
Roberts, D., Boon, R., Diederichs, N., Douwes, E., Govender, N., McInnes, A.,
McLean, C., O’Donoghue, S & Spiers, M. 2011. Exploring ecosystem-based climate
change adaptation in Durban, South Africa: “learning-by-doing” at the local
government coal face. Environment & Urbanization 24(1):1-29.
Copyright: Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology 2013
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