Background and activities
My current research aims to unravel the intricate connections between human disturbances and their effect on wild ungulate populations. Specifically, I study the behavioural and physiological adaptations of impala (Aepyceros melampus) populations to natural and anthropogenic disturbances in the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. Looking at physiological parameters such as stress and nutritional hormones, I attempt to (non-invasively and preemptively) assess the potential negative effects of different disturbances on the viability of the impala populations in my study area. Combining the physiological data with both behavioural and demographical parameters, I aim to advice and improve management actions in the Serengeti National park in order to increase the general welfare of wildlife populations and local human societies.
Research interests: conservation biology, stress physiology, population ecology, community interactions, ecological modelling
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2020) Stress as a facilitator? Territorial male impala have higher glucocorticoid levels than bachelors. General and Comparative Endocrinology. vol. 297 (113553).
- (2020) Consequences of climate-induced vegetation changes exceed those of human disturbance for wild impala in the Serengeti ecosystem. Conservation Physiology. vol. 8 (1).
- (2018) The impacts of human disturbances on the behaviour and population structure of impala (Aepyceros melampus) in the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. Global Ecology and Conservation. vol. 16:e00467.
- (2017) Being stressed outside the park—conservation of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Namibia. Conservation Physiology. vol. 5 (1).
- (2017) Being stressed outside the park — conservation of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Namibia. Conservation Physiology. vol. 5 (1).