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Postdoctoral Fellow

Alta de Vos

Dr Alta De Vos
PhD (University of Cape Town)

John Day Building: 2.19
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 3634
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 3295

Email: aletta.devos@uct.ac.za

Alta started her academic training as a behavioural ecologist, completing a PhD on the interactions of fur seals with great white sharks at Seal Island, False Bay with Dr Justin O’Riain in 2010.

After her PhD she left academia for two years to manage the MAPA Project, a non-profit initiative that aims to make African conservation more visible online. In this role, she taught conservationists how to use free online tools to communicate their work and has been instrumental in setting up the beginnings of an online registry and map of African conservation areas and actions.

Her involvement with the MAPA Project piqued her interest in conservation systems and led to her to return to research in August 2012, this time to pursue a postdoc on protected area networks with Prof. Graeme Cumming.

Research programmes

Spatial resilience of protected areas

Current students

Masters (Dissertation)

Michelle Wcisel: Anit-predatory behaviour of Cape fur Seals in relation to white sharks at Geyser Rock, Gansbaai, South Africa (Supervisors: Justin O’Riain & Alta De Vos).

Recent peer-reviewed publications


Cumming, G.S., Allen, C.R., Ban, N.C., Biggs, D., Biggs, H.C., Cumming, D.H.M., De Vos, A., Epstein, G., Etienne, M., Maciejewski, K., Mathevet, R., Moore, C., Nenadovic, M., and Schoon, M. (in press). Understanding protected area resilience: a multi-scale, social-ecological approach. Ecological Applications.


Maciejewski, K., de Vos, A., Cumming, G.S., Moore, C., Biggs, D. (in press). Cross-scale feedbacks and scale mismatches as influences on cultural services and the resilience of protected areas. Ecological Applications.

De Vos A. & O’Riain M.J. 2012. Do Cape fur seals follow simple or complex movement rules? Behavioral Ecology doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars153.


De Vos, A., and O’Riain, M.J. 2010. Sharks shape the geometry of a selfish seal herd: experimental evidence from seal decoys. Biol Lett 2010 6:48-50. (Editor’s choice)

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