Avian Demography Unit
Department of Statistical Sciences
University of Cape Town
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Linda Staverees on Marion Island December 2001 Linda Staverees
MSc student

Linda is currently studying "The Influence of Age on Breeding Success of Cape Gannets at Malgas Island". She will investigate the influence of age on
  • reproductive success
  • time of breeding
  • site selection: (a) distance from the edge & (b) height of nest
  • replacement laying
Her supervisors are Prof. Les Underhill (ADU), and Dr. Rob Crawford (Marine and Coastal Management, South Africa).

Qualifications and experience

Linda completed a ND Oceanography from Cape Technikon in 1997 majoring in

  • Marine Biology
  • Oceanographic Instrumentation
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Physical and Chemical Oceanography
  • Fishing Gear Technology
  • Computers
  • Communications
Since January 1997 Linda has worked for Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) as a Senior Oceanographic Technician. While working at MCM she studied and in 2000 she qualified with a B.Tech from the Cape Technikon majoring in
  • Applied Marine Biology 4
  • Fisheries Environment 4
  • Economics 1
  • Research Methodology: Natural Sciences

Linda has gained valuable experience in research assistance with marine mammals (mainly cape fur seals & southern right whales), seabirds (mainly African penguins, cormorants and Cape gannets), data management for the Boat base whale watching industry, and research assistance and management of the Patagonian Toothfishery in the SA EEZ, High Seas and CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) areas. In addition she submits data to CCAMLR on a weekly and annual basis.


R.J.M. Crawford & Staverees, L. 2000. The Importance of ringing for management of South Africa's seabird populations. Safring News 29(1): 14-18.

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