Avian Demography Unit
Department of Statistical Sciences
University of Cape Town
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Chris Lotz
Research Associate

Chris (born in Johannesburg in 1972) did a BSc in Zoology and Botany, then a BSc (Hons) in Avian Biology (cum laude), then a PhD (on nectar-feeding African sunbirds), all at the University of Cape Town. He then spent eight months lecturing second year environmental biology and first year human physiology at the University of Natal in Durban. After this, he completed two and a half years of post-doctoral research on hummingbirds at the University of Wyoming, where in his spare time he studied North American owls.

Much of Chrisís previous research (on nectar-feeding birds) has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Functional Ecology, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, The Journal of Avian Biology, The Auk and The Condor (please e-mail him directly at chris@birdingecotours.co.za for a complete publication list or curriculum vitae).

After his two and a half years in the States, Chris returned to Cape Town in January 2003, where he became a research associate in the ADU. His current research activities include co-ordinating the Cape Eagle Owl Project. He hopes that this will become just part of a much larger African Owl Project in the future. The aims of the African Owl Project will be to study rare and endangered African owl species, to help conserve them. Incidentally, Chris feels strongly that all of his current and future research must help directly with the conservation of birds and other biodiversity. Apart from owl research, Chris also participates in other ADU activities such as the Earthwatch Institute program on Robben Island African Penguins, helping students set up experiments for measuring seabird metabolic rates, and SAFRING work.

In addition to conservation-oriented research activities in the ADU, Chris also runs his own birding company, Birding Ecotours

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