My research focuses on issues related to carnivore conservation and management, including but not limited to; conservation biology, population monitoring, ecology, conservation policy and ecosystem function and services. While my focus thus far have been on large carnivores, specifically leopards (Panthera pardus) I have recently shifted my attention to medium to small carnivores. This is largely due to the fact that small mammalian predators should be abundant due to meso-carnivore release, these small mammalian predators are understudied, and finally their predation on small mammals (rodents) as well as seeds can be valuable ecosystem services. The majority of my research is therefore conducted in human-dominated and transformed lands (e.g. agro-ecological matrixes, industrial sites, game farms) which provide unique opportunities to study ecological theory. I also have become interested in small mammal population ecology (in agro-ecosystems) as well as disease ecology, and how predation can affect these.
I am currently a NRF Innovation Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Venda, hosted by Prof Peter Taylor. My NRF research topic is “Combining effective rodenticide application with an understanding of predator prey dynamics: Implications for ecologically based rodent management in summer rainfall maize production areas. I have authored 14 peer-reviewed journal articles and currently I am co-supervising 4 MSc students.