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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
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
Spatial resilience of protected areas
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
De Vos A. & O’Riain M.J. 2012. Do Cape fur
seals follow simple or complex movement rules? Behavioral Ecology doi:
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)
Copyright: Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology 2013
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