I completed my PhD in Zoology (Ornithology) My thesis was entitled “The conservation ecology and breeding biology of the Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea, Sundevall 1850, in South Africa”. I have undertaken surveys of Blue Swallows in Uganda and Tanzania, in addition to my work in Mpumalanga in South Africa. My work experience includes working for BirdLife South Africa as manager of its Important Bird Areas Conservation Programme, and, Endangered Wildlife Trust as manager of its Poison Working Group and Blue Swallow Working Group. In addition, I have held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at North-West University.
I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow, SARCHI Chair on Biodiversity Value and Change, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Venda in Thohoyandou. This involves co-supervising post-graduate students and undertaking research projects related to the conservation of birds and biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.
I have 10 and 8 publications in peer reviewed journals and scientific symposium proceedings, respectively. In addition I have published six chapters in three books. I am a keen birder, and photographer (www.africanphotographs.co.za).