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Thabisisani Ndhlovu

  • MSc
  • PhD Student in Conservation Ecology
  • Universiteit Stellenbosch
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Research interests

Restoration Ecology

About

I am currently working on a PhD study titled "Vegetation response to control of invasive alien European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus Linnaeus, 1758) on South African offshore islands". In this study I am using plant species cover data collected from fixed transects for four years after the control of European rabbits on Robben Island to develop a mechanistic understanding of how vegetation on South African offshore islands may respond to removal of alien European rabbits. Nothing is currently known about how vegetation on the islands will react to the removal of rabbits. I will also use rainfall data to determine how moisture conditions may affect the response of vegetation to removal of rabbits. Soil moisture plays an important role in vegetation dynamics in Mediterranean-type ecosystems. Little is presently known about how rainfall may affect vegetation response to removal of rabbits from South African offshore islands. Robben Island is the largest and most degraded offshore island off the southern coast of South Africa. It is also the first from which rabbits have been successfully removed. South African offshore islands vary in terms of their geology, size, distance offshore and climatic conditions. However, I believe that vegetation dynamics on Robben Island can provide valuable insight into the potential response of vegetation on the other islands to rabbit removal.

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Co-authors (23)

Publications (5)

  • Biomass of large herbivores in South African subtropical thicket

    • Mills A
    • Spear D
    • Ndhlovu T
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  • Impact of Prosopis(mesquite) invasion and clearing on vegetation species composition and diversity in semi-arid Nama-Karoo rangeland, South Africa

    • Ndhlovu T
    • Milton S
    • Esler K
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  • System dynamic modelling to assess economic viability and risk trade-offs for ecological restoration in South Africa

    • Crookes D
    • Blignaut J
    • de Wit M
    • et al.
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    20Citations
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  • Impact of Prosopis (mesquite) invasion and clearing on the grazing capacity of semiarid Nama Karoo rangeland, South Africa

    • Ndhlovu T
    • Milton-Dean S
    • Esler K
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    1Citations
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  • System dynamic modelling to assess economic viability and risk trade-offs for ecological restoration in South Africa

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Professional experience

PhD Student in Conservation Ecology

Stellenbosch University

January 2012 - Present

Education

PhD in Conservation Ecology

Stellenbosch University

January 2012 - Present

Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques

University of Oxford

September 2012 - January 2013(4 months)

Master of Science (MSc) Conservation Ecology

Stellenbosch Univeristy

February 2009 - March 2011(2 years)

Master of Science (MSc) Tropical Resource Ecology

University of Zimbabwe

November 2003 - June 2005(2 years)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

University of Zimbabwe

February 1997 - June 2000(3 years)