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Barend Erasmus

  • PhD
  • Professor
  • University of the Witwatersrand
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About

I have a keen interest in the effects of global change on natural resources and its underlying biodiversity, and how these impacts translate to landscape responses. I look for causal links between fine-scale ecological processes and broad-scale patterns. To do this, I extract ecologically meaningful data from various remote sensing archives, and interpret the observed changes in the context of long-term environmental and socio-economic data. This is a substantial research challenge, and I prefer to work in a team with each team member contributing a vital skill; many of my graduate students are co-supervised by colleagues with complementary expertise. I find it rewarding to work at the boundary of traditional ecology and conservation with other disciplines: GIS, satellite image processing, resource economics and sustainability science. In my mind, this integration is vital if we are to make a useful contribution to the global change challenge. In my current position as Director: Global Change Institute, I have other responsibilities besides my own research. I am responsible for delivery and implementation on all grants, and as such I engage with a wide variety of scientists and actors. The GCI has a mandate for research in support of decision-making for a more sustainable future, and we explore various methodologies to fulfil this mandate.

Co-authors (138)

  • David Goza
  • Naveen Shahi
  • Fatima Ragie
  • Vanessa Masterson
  • Jamie Roller
  • gabi teren

Publications (5)

  • Regional analysis of the extent of woody cover change in South African savannas, 1940-present

    • Archibald S
    • Bond W
    • Erasmus B
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  • Structural and compositional riparian woodland change caused by extreme elephant impact in northern Botswana

    • Erasmus B
    • Owen-Smith N
    • Teren G
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  • Conservation biology and population dynamics of Leucospermum gerrardii Stapf. (Proteaceae) in the Dr Hamilton Protea Reserve, Mpumalanga

    • Coetzer K
    • Erasmus B
    • Witkowski E
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  • Climate change and birds in hot deserts: The impacts of increased demand for thermoregulatory water on survival and reproduction

    • Erasmus B
    • McKechnie A
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  • Biodiversity conservation - Uncertainty in predictions of extinction risk - Effects of changes in climate and land use - Climate change and extinction risk - Reply

    • Bakkenes M
    • Beaumont L
    • Cameron A
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Professional experience

Professor

University of the Witwatersrand

July 2016 - Present

Director

University of the Witwatersrand

April 2014 - Present

Research chair

University of the Witwatersrand

April 2014 - Present