Steven Evans

Postdoctoral Fellow
Steven Evans


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 (


  1. Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]
  2. Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

    The Department of Environmental Affairs are appointing consultants to undertake an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (Vhembe District and Blouberg Local Municipality) which will include an analysis of the current zonation (core conservation areas and buffer zones), suggest future conservation areas and publish land use guidelines. The objective of the EMF […]