African Small Carnivore Research Initiatives 

  • ASCaRIs Head Office, University of Fort Hare, Zoology Building, King William's Town Road, Alice, Eastern Cape, 5700, South Africa
  • ascaris.org@gmail.com

This section of the website is still under construction.

Please stand your ground and watch the horizon, as the ASCaRIs team will be coming with full force!

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Council members are people with a great deal of research experience on African (small) carnivores and who tightly collaborated with the Founder over the past years. They discuss and take the strategic decisions related to the organization, but can be assisted by core and honorary members in this process.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San</span>
Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San
I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Fort Hare (South Africa) and the RLA vice-coordinator for Africa of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. My research essentially focuses on small carnivore ecology and behaviour.
Founder and Executive Director
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Michael J. Somers</span>
Prof. Michael J. Somers
I am an Associate Professor at the Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria (South Africa). I am a member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. My research is mostly in carnivore ecology and behaviour but also reintroduction biology. More specifically, the next few years I will focus on carnivore burrow use and the interactions among carnivores through the Snapshot Safari – South Africa project.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Philippe Gaubert</span>
Dr Philippe Gaubert
I am a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), in Montpellier (France). My investigations feed from the interaction between evolutionary sciences and conservation biology. I study the patterns of diversification of African small carnivores across different scales, including phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics. I am also interested in integrating high-throughput sequencing approaches for a better knowledge of the evolution and ecology of those species.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Francesco M. Angelici</span>
Prof. Francesco M. Angelici
I am a mammalogist interested in studying medium and large mammals, i.e. carnivores, lagomorphs and ungulates. My research goes from the study of systematic, taxonomy, phylogeography and phylogeny, to ecology, conservation and wildlife management. My particular study areas are Europe and Africa. I work with universities, research centers, and international conservation societies.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Paula A. White</span>
Dr Paula A. White
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Adam W. Ferguson</span>
Dr Adam W. Ferguson
I am the Negaunee Collections Manager of Mammals at the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, USA) and a member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. My research focuses on the evolution and ecology of small carnivores using data collected from the museum, lab, and field.
CORE MEMBERS

Core members are people with a great deal of research experience on carnivores and who are currently running or planning some research projects on African small carnivores. Some are collaborating with the council members and/or with each other, while others work independently. 

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Steven M. Goodman </span>
Prof. Steven M. Goodman 
I hold the position of MacArthur Field Biologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (USA) and Scientific Counselor at Association Vahatra in Antananarivo (Madagascar). My research program on Madagascar dates to nearly three decades, where I have been involved in studies of Malagasy mammals, including euplerid carnivores, and interested in different aspects of their systematics and ecology.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Aliza le Roux</span>
Prof. Aliza le Roux
I am an Associate Professor in zoology at the University of the Free State (Qwaqwa campus), where I also coordinate the new Afromontane Research Unit. My research focuses on the behaviour and cognition of wild carnivores such as Bat-eared Foxes, Black-backed Jackals, and Yellow Mongooses, but I don't discriminate – I like all mammals, including humans (as study subjects). I am always interested in collaborations across sites, and have recently started dabbling in urban ecology.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Mundanthra Balakrishnan</span>
Prof. Mundanthra Balakrishnan
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Claude Fischer</span>
Prof. Claude Fischer
I am a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Geneva. My main research topics are the Ecology and Management of terrestrial vertebrates, i.e. medium-sized and larger mammals.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Géraldine Veron</span>
Prof. Géraldine Veron
I am a Professor and a curator of Mammals at the Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France. My research focuses on the systematics, biogeography and conservation of small carnivores, in particular civets, mongooses and Malagasy carnivores.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Yves Hausser</span>
Prof. Yves Hausser
I am a researcher and practitioner in conservation biology based at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Geneva. I am interested in the interactions (particularly conflicts) between human societies and nature. I have been working in Western Tanzania's Miombo woodlands for a decade. My research combines wildlife monitoring methods, such as camera-trapping, and social sciences methods in order to support the definition of problem-solving approaches to mitigate conflicts and enhance coexistence between people and wildlife. The focus on carnivores became self-evident as they are the most conflict-prone species.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Zach J. Farris</span>
Prof. Zach J. Farris
I am a wildlife conservationist and Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University (USA). I investigate the influence of anthropogenic pressures (exotic species, forest loss, fragmentation, poaching) on native carnivores in Madagascar, and particularly focus on the effects of exotic predators (dogs, cats, and Small Indian Civets) on the spatial and temporal patterns of native carnivores in rainforest habitat. I co-founded and run the research non-profit Mad Dog Initiative (www.maddoginitiative.com), which carries out cat and dog population control and vaccination programs to help conserve native wildlife in Madagascar.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Thomas L. Serfass</span>
Prof. Thomas L. Serfass
I am a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Biology and Natural Resources at Frostburg StateUniversity, and Adjunct Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory, Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland  (USA). Much of my research and conservation activities have focused largely on the design, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs andrecovering wildlife populations — particularly mesocarnioves.  I am the North American and African Coordinator of the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Nico L. Avenant</span>
Dr Nico L. Avenant
I am a small mammal ecologist with a special interest in predator–prey relations. I am Curator, Specialist Scientist and Head of the Department of Mammalogy, at the National Museum, Bloemfontein (South Africa). I am also a ResearchAssociate, post-graduate supervisor and Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Lourens H. Swanepoel</span>
Dr Lourens H. Swanepoel
I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Zoology, University of Venda (South Africa). In my research I address several issues related to large and small carnivore biology, ecology and conservation. My research is framed in the context of humans as drivers of carnivore change, while I simultaneously address the impact of carnivores on human activities and natural ecosystems.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Haemish I. A. Melville</span>
Dr Haemish I. A. Melville
I am a Senior Lecturer (Nature Conservation) in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA). As an ecologist and a wildlife biologist, my research interests lie in community ecology, specifically the interactions within guilds and their combined ecological effects. I am particularly interested in the intra-guild interactions of mesopredators, predator–prey interactions and population dynamics.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Liaan Minnie</span>
Dr Liaan Minnie
I am a Lecturer in the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Mpumalanga (South Africa).  

My research interests include large mammal ecology with a specific focus on carnivore ecology, human—wildlife conflict and predator—prey interactions. I completed my PhD in 2016, which focused on the effects of lethal management on the ecology and population structure of black-backed jackals on livestock farms and reserves. Apart from continuing my research on jackals, I am also developing research projects on otters, mongooses and primates.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Lynda Sharpe</span>
Dr Lynda Sharpe
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Jason S. Gilchrist</span>
Dr Jason S. Gilchrist
I am a Lecturer at the School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University (UK). As a behavioural ecologist, I am interested in how species fit their environment (their ecological niche). I spent many years studying the social ecology of banded mongooses in the field in Uganda. My interests in small carnivores, alongside other species, extend to evolutionary and conservation biology. My field research has taken me to Uganda, Madagascar and South Africa where I have studied chimpanzees, lemurs, and stress physiology of ungulates. Small carnivores are often overlooked and we need to promote research and conservation wherever possible.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Julie Kern</span> 
Dr Julie Kern 
I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol (UK) and have been studying Africa’s smallest mongoose, the Common Dwarf Mongoose, since 2011. My research uses a combination of behavioural observations and field experiments to investigate vocal communication, social relationships and cooperative behaviour in the species. I have also begun to study how anthropogenic noise (in this case traffic noise) disrupts such behaviour.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Filipe Carvalho</span>
Dr Filipe Carvalho
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Fort Hare (South Africa). My research focuses on describing the main drivers of small carnivore coexistence. My focal species are the Cape and small spotted genets. Previously I performed several studies on small carnivore’s species ecology and in particular on the influence of roads on their functional landscape connectivity (Portugal, Southwestern Europe). 
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HONORARY MEMBERS

Honorary members are highly experienced (in some cases retired) researchers who have substantially contributed to increasing our knowledge on some African small carnivore species. They can be consulted to obtain information on selected species and research topics and techniques.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. O. Anne E. Rasa</span>
Prof. O. Anne E. Rasa
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Mike R. Perrin</span>
Prof. Mike R. Perrin
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Jan A. J. Nel</span>
Prof. Jan A. J. Nel
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr David T. Rowe-Rowe</span>
Dr David T. Rowe-Rowe
I am a retired wildlife biologist. I worked for Natal Parks Board for 30 years as a mammal ecologist. My main areas of research were small carnivores; and montane small mammals, antelopes, and fire ecology. I am a member of the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group since 1974.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Chris Stuart (MSc) & Mathilde Stuart (Dr med.)</span><br>
Chris Stuart (MSc) & Mathilde Stuart (Dr med.)
We are independent wildlife researchers, writers and members of the IUCN SSC Afrotheria group, as well as editors of its annual newsletter. Our research until recently has concentrated on mammal biodiversity surveys in Africa but we now also operate in the Americas and Europe.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Justina C. Ray</span>
Prof. Justina C. Ray
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Paolo Cavallini</span>
Dr Paolo Cavallini
I am a professionnal wildlife manager and wildlife biologist who notably studied small carnivores in Italy and Japan (Red Fox) and South Africa (Small Grey Mongoose and Yellow Mongoose). I am a member and past Chairman of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group (2003–2006). I founded FAUNALIA (www.faunalia. eu) and am currently essentially developping free and open source GIS software and providing the corresponding support and training.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Michael G. L. Mills</span>
Dr Michael G. L. Mills
I spent 40 years studying, mainly large carnivores, in Kruger and Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Parks, but supervised PhD studies on Honey Badger and African Wild Cat. I am now retired.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Colleen M. Begg</span>
Dr Colleen M. Begg
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SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATORS

Scientific collaborators are project leaders and/or researchers whose work primarily focuses on other vertebrate taxa, but who collaborate with either the council or core members, or periodically run some independent projects on small carnivores.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr W. Maartin Strauss</span>
Dr W. Maartin Strauss
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science, University of South Africa (UNISA). My research focuses on the ecology and conservation physiology of African mammals.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Kim Madikiza</span>
Dr Kim Madikiza
I am a lecturer at the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). I specialise in rodent and small carnivore biology and ecology.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Ara Monadjem</span>
Prof. Ara Monadjem
I am a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Swaziland (Swaziland). My research has mostly focused on small mammals, particularly bats and rodents, although I am commencing studies on the ecology of mesocarnivores soon, starting with the movement ecology of genets. 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Gilbert Proulx</span>
Dr Gilbert Proulx
I am a wildlife biologist and Founder and Director of Alpha Wildlife Management Ltd (Canada). My activities focus on forest and agriculture ecosystems: i) searching solutions to conflicts between humans and wildlife; ii) studying the habitat requirements of species at risk and species of economic importance; iii) developing new technology to capture and study animals; and iv) producing textbooks, field guides, and educational material for the public, wildlife professionals and managers.
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Trevor McIntyre</span>
Dr Trevor McIntyre
I am a Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria (South Africa). My main interests  relate to animal behaviour, and more specifically behavioural plasticity  at individual and population levels. Most of my work to date has focussed  on seals, and more recently also "seals of the rivers" (i.e. otters).
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REGIONAL COORDINATORS

Regional coordinators are members who serve as focal people for queries related to specific regions. They coordinate the collection of records by liaising with country representatives and report to the Executive Director.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Philippe Gaubert</span>
Dr Philippe Gaubert
I am a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), in Montpellier (France). My investigations feed from the interaction between evolutionary sciences and conservation biology. I study the patterns of diversification of African small carnivores across different scales, including phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics. I am also interested in integrating high-throughput sequencing approaches for a better knowledge of the evolution and ecology of those species..
Northern  and Western Africa 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Francesco M. Angelici</span>
Prof. Francesco M. Angelici
I am a mammalogist interested in studying medium and large mammals, i.e. carnivores, lagomorphs and ungulates. My research goes from the study of systematic, taxonomy, phylogeography and phylogeny, to ecology, conservation and wildlife management. My particular study areas are Europe and Africa. I work with universities, research centers, and international conservation societies.
Western and Central Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Adam W. Ferguson</span>
Dr Adam W. Ferguson
I am the Negaunee Collections Manager of Mammals at the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, USA) and a member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. My research focuses on the evolution and ecology of small carnivores using data collected from the museum, lab, and field.
Eastern Africa 1
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Paula A. White</span>
Dr Paula A. White
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Eastern Africa 2 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San</span>
Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San
I am an Associate Professor at the University of Fort Hare (South Africa) and the African coordinator of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. My research essentially focuses on small carnivore ecology and behaviour.
Southern Africa 1 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Michael J. Somers </span>
Prof. Michael J. Somers 
I am an Associate Professor at the Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria (South Africa). I am a member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. My research is mostly in carnivore ecology and behaviour but also reintroduction biology. More specifically, the next few years I will focus on carnivore burrow use and the interactions among carnivores through the Snapshot Safari – South Africa project.
Southern Africa 2
COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES

Country representatives are focal people for queries related to the corresponding countries. They gather national records and report to both the regional coordinators and Executive Director. There may be more than one representative per country, especially for large countries.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Mourad Ahmim</span>
Dr Mourad Ahmim
I am a Lecturer–Researcher at the Department of Biological Sciences of the Environment, University of Bejaia (Algeria). I am a member of the IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group and Small Carnivore Specialist Group, Eurobats, Bat Conservation Africa, and founder and leader of the Algerian Bat Group. My research essentially focuses on wild mammals.
Algeria
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Angola 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Chabi A. M. S. Djagoun</span>
Prof. Chabi A. M. S. Djagoun

I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Environment Management, University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). I am the coordinator of the African Wildlife Conservation and Management Unit for the International Union of Forest Research Organization (UIFRO). I am a local expert on small mammals conservation in Benin and have great expertise in the application of stable isotope ecology.

Benin
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Peter Apps</span>
Dr Peter Apps

I am a Senior Researcher at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. I have a B.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology and 35 years experience in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. My combined zoological and chemical expertise bears fruit in groundbreaking research into how mammals use chemicals to communicate.

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Burkina Faso
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Burundi
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Cameroon 
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Central African Republic 
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Chad 
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Democratic Republic of the Congo 
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Cote d'Ivoire 
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Djibouti 
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Egypt
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Equatorial Guinea
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Eritrea
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Mundanthra Balakrishnan</span>
Prof. Mundanthra Balakrishnan
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Ethiopia
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Philip Henschel</span>
Dr Philip Henschel
I am Panthera's Lion Program Regional Coordinator within West and Central Africa for Panthera. I am based in Gabon, but recently conducted Lion field surveys in the Sahelian savannahs of Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, and further surveys are planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.
Gabon
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Gambia
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Ghana 
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Guinea
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Guinea-Bissau
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Paul Webala</span>
Dr Paul Webala
My research at Maasai Mara University focuses on small mammals. I particularly use bats as a focal group to understand and interrogate processes that drive rarity and abundance of mammals in natural and human-dominated environments. I am the co-chair of Bat Conservation Africa and a member of the IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group
Kenya
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Nico L. Avenant</span>
Dr Nico L. Avenant
I am a small mammal ecologist with a special interest in predator–prey relations. I am Curator, Specialist Scientist and Head of the Department of Mammalogy, at the National Museum, Bloemfontein (South Africa). I am also a Research Associate, post-graduate supervisor and Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State.
Lesotho
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Liberia
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Libya
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Steven M. Goodman</span>
Prof. Steven M. Goodman

I hold the position of MacArthur Field Biologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (USA) and Scientific Counselor at Association Vahatra in Antananarivo (Madagascar). My research program on Madagascar dates to nearly three decades, where I have been involved in studies of Malagasy mammals, including euplerid carnivores, and interested in different aspects of their systematics and ecology

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Malawi
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Mali
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Mauritania
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. S. Imad Cherkaoui</span>
Prof. S. Imad Cherkaoui
I am an Associate Professor at “Ecole Supérieure de Technologie de Khénifra”, University Moulay Ismail. Ornithologist, I am also very interested in studying mammals in Morocco, especially bats and small carnivores.


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Namibia
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Niger
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Francesco M. Angelici</span>
Prof. Francesco M. Angelici
I am a mammalogist interested in studying medium and large mammals, i.e. carnivores, lagomorphs and ungulates. My research goes from the study of systematic, taxonomy, phylogeography and phylogeny, to ecology, conservation and wildlife management. My particular study areas are Europe and Africa.
Nigeria
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Jennifer F. Moore </span>
Ms Jennifer F. Moore 
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Florida (USA), working in Rwanda in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society, Rwanda program for my dissertation research. I am using ground and canopy camera-traps in Nyungwe National Park to explore the mammalian community with a focus on nocturnal and arboreal species.
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Somalia
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Nico L. Avenant</span>
Dr Nico L. Avenant
I am a small mammal ecologist with a special interest in predator–prey relations. I am Curator, Specialist Scientist and Head of the Department of Mammalogy, at the National Museum, Bloemfontein (South Africa). I am also a Research Associate, post-graduate supervisor and Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State.


South Africa 1 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. E. Do Linh San</span>
Prof. E. Do Linh San
I am an Associate Professor at the University of Fort Hare (South Africa). My research essentially focuses on small carnivore ecology and behaviour.
South Africa 2
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Michael J. Somers</span>
Prof. Michael J. Somers
I am an Associate Professor at the Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria (South Africa).  My research is mostly in carnivore ecology and behaviour but also reintroduction biology.



South Africa 3
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Lourens H. Swanepoel</span>
Dr Lourens H. Swanepoel
I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Venda (South Africa). In my research I address several issues related to large and small carnivore biology, ecology and conservation.
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South Sudan
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Sudan
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Prof. Ara Monadjem</span>
Prof. Ara Monadjem
I am a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Swaziland (Swaziland). My research has mostly focused on small mammals, particularly bats and rodents, although I am commencing studies on the ecology of mesocarnivores soon, starting with the movement ecology of genets.
Swaziland
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Daniela W. De Luca</span>
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Tanzania 1
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Charles Foley</span>
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Uganda
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Clare W. Mateke</span>
Ms Clare W. Mateke

I am Keeper of Mammalogy at the Livingstone Museum (Zambia). My research focuses on small carnivore distribution and ecology.

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Zimbabwe
CURRENT STUDENTS

Students listed below are either supervised by ASCaRIs members or decided to join the organization to be part of this collective research effort and showcase their work on small carnivores on this website.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Marine Drouilly </span>
Ms Marine Drouilly 
I am a PhD student at the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa, at the University of Cape Town. My thesis is titled “Understanding the socio-ecological mechanisms behind farmer-mesopredator conflict in the Karoo, South Africa”. I am supervised by Prof. Justin O’Riain and co-supervised by Prof. Nicoli Nattrass, Prof. Beatrice Conradie and Prof. Allan Clark.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Axola Plaatjie </span>
Mr Axola Plaatjie 
I am an MSc student at the University of Fort Hare. My research project is titled "Comparative diets of Cape (Genetta tigrina) and small-spotted (G. genetta) genets in an area of sympatry: evidence for trophic competition?". I am supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San and co-supervised by Dr Filipe Carvalho.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Rouxlyn Roux</span>
Ms Rouxlyn Roux
I am an MSc student at the University of South Africa. My research project is titled "Spatio-temporal ecology of the rusty-spotted genet, Genetta maculata, on Telperion Nature Reserve (Mpumalanga, South Africa)". I am supervised by Dr Maartin Strauss and co-supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Masibulele Xhobani</span>
Mr Masibulele Xhobani
I am an MSc student at the University of Fort Hare. My research project is titled "Latrine use by sympatric Cape (Genetta tigrina) and small-spotted (G. genetta) genets in the Great Fish River Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa". I am supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San and co-supervised by Prof. Michael J. Somers.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Julia Zemouche</span>
Ms Julia Zemouche
I am an MSc student at the University of the Witwatersrand. My research project is titled "Trophic ecology of rusty-spotted genet (Genetta maculata) and slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) in Telperion Nature Reserve, with a focus on dietary segregation as a possible mechanism of co-existence". I am supervised by Dr Kim Madikiza and co-supervised by Dr Maartin Strauss and Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr David Mills</span>
Mr David Mills
I am a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. My research project is titled “Ecology and conservation of African forest carnivores: niche partitioning in the absence of apex predators”. I am supervised by Prof. Rob Slotow and Dr Luke Hunter.
Uganda
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Roxanne Collins</span>
Ms Roxanne Collins
I am an MSc student at the University of South Africa. My research project is titled “Assessing the response of mesopredators to different apex predator regimes in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve”. I am supervised by Dr Haemish Melville.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Rowan Jordaan</span>
Mr Rowan Jordaan
I am an MSc student at the University of Pretoria. My research project is titled “The foraging ecology of two otter species (Aonyx capensis, Schinz 1821 and Hydrictis maculicollis, Lichtenstein, 1835) in South Africa". I am supervised by Dr Trevor McIntyre and co-supervised by Prof. Michael Somers and Dr Grant Hall.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Diana Moyo</span>
Ms Diana Moyo
I am an MSc student at the University of Fort Hare. My research project is titled "Spatio-temporal ecology of the slender mongoose, Galerella sanguinea, on Telperion Nature Reserve (Mpumalanga, South Africa)". I am supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San and co-supervised by Dr Maartin Strauss.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Aaron Onserio</span>
Mr Aaron Onserio
I am an MSc student at the Maasai Mara University. My two research subprojects are titled “Small carnivores–human conflict in the Mau Forest – Kenya” and “Comparison of diets between white-tailed mongooses and common genets in theLaikipia Plateaus – Kenya”, respectively. I am supervised by Dr Adam Ferguson and co-supervised by Prof. Paul Webala.
Kenya
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Lilian N. Gakuhi</span>
Ms Lilian N. Gakuhi
I am a student about to start my MSc in Environmental Governance at the University of Nairobi. I graduated last year from Karatina University with a BSc in Wildlife Management. My undergraduate research project was titled “Impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on small carnivore communities in Laikipia, Kenya”. I was supervised by Dr Adam Ferguson and co-supervised by Dr Duncan Kimuyu.
Kenya
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Firas Hayder</span>
Mr Firas Hayder
I am a PhD student at the University of Fort Hare. My research project is titled "Ecology, behaviour and conservation of Libyan striped weasel (Ictonyx libycus) in Tunisia". I am supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San.
Tunisia 
PAST STUDENTS
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Dr Craig Widdows</span>
Dr Craig Widdows
Craig completed his PhD (Ecology) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. His research project focused on the conservation and ecology of urban carnivores. Specifically his thesis was titled “The ecology of large-spotted genets within an urban landscape”. He was supervised by Prof. Colleen T. Downs.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Mfundo Bizani</span>
Mr Mfundo Bizani
Mfundo completed his MSc degree (Zoology) at the University of Fort Hare in 2014. His research project was titled "Diet of the yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata) in the Albany Thicket Biome of South Africa". He was supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San and Dr Kim Madikiza.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Vusumzi Martins</span>
Mr Vusumzi Martins
Vusumzi completed his BSc Honours degree (Zoology) at the University of Fort Hare in 2013. His research project was titled "Diet of the meerkat (Suricata suricatta) in the Albany Thicket Biome: a comparison with the diet of the yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)". He was supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San and Dr Kim Madikiza.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Akhona Mbatyoti</span>
Mr Akhona Mbatyoti
Akhona completed his MSc degree (Zoology) at the University of Fort Hare in 2012. His research project was titled "Spatio-temporal ecology of the yellow mongoose Cynictis penicillata in the Great Fish River Reserve (Eastern Cape, South Africa)". He was supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Aviwe Nqinana</span>
Ms Aviwe Nqinana
Aviwe completed her BSc Honours degree (Zoology) at the University of Fort Hare in 2010. Her research project was titled "Diet of the marsh mongoose Atilax paludinosus in the Andries Vosloo Kudu Nature Reserve(Eastern Cape Province, South Africa)". She was supervised by Prof. Emmanuel Do Linh San.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Peter  D. Roberts</span>
Mr Peter  D. Roberts
Peter completed his MSc degree (Zoology) at Walter Sisulu University in 2006. His research project was titled "Aspects of the behavioural ecology of Genetta tigrina". He was supervised by Prof. Michael Somers and Dr Rehema White.
South Africa
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Ms Tania L.F. Bird</span>
Ms Tania L.F. Bird
Tania completed her MSc degree (African Mammalogy) at the University of Pretoria in 2005. In 2013 she published "A preliminary survey of the presence and distribution of small carnivores in the Lower Zambezi Protected Area Complex, Zambia", with Clare Mateke. She contributed to the IUCN Red List global conservation status assessments for Meller's and Selous Mongooses. She is currently doing a PhD on coastal dune species conservation.
Zambia 
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr Kanundu Mwarandu Ngumbao</span>
Mr Kanundu Mwarandu Ngumbao

Kanundu completed his MSc degree (Environmental Sciences) at Pwani University in 2018. His research project was titled "Assessment of distribution of small carnivores and their prey in Arabuko Sokoke Forest along the Kenyan Coast". He was supervised by Dr David M. Mburu and Dr Munir Virani.

Kenya
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