My work involves wildlife management and monitoring, innovation in wildlife census, nocturnal wildlife assessment, Namibian small carnivore Red List Assessment, landscape-level wildlife movement and corridor research.
One of my priority research areas concerns multiple land-use systems and the movement of wildlife between different land-uses as well as mammal species density and diversity on conservation, agriculture and mixed land use. The research includes the movement of wildlife between parks and neighbours, and the effect thereof on livelihoods and ecosystem services. This highlights barriers to movement and effects such as human-wildlife conflict and poaching risk. Namibia’s communal conservancy programme is known for its successes in terms of bolstering rural livelihoods from consumptive and non-consumptive wildlife use and protecting endangered large mammal species on extensive and fence-free natural lands. My current research seeks to understand how wildlife moves within this system and well on the interface with national parks and intensively-fenced commercial farmland on its borders. This work is done in collaboration with many Namibian and international conservation and academic partners, such as Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the Namibian Chamber of Environment, the Namibian Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism, Potsdam University, University of St. Andrews, the Cologne Zoo and black-footed cat working group. As founder and lead of the NUST Biodiversity Research Centre, I supervise Master and PhD students within the research areas above as well as applied topics relating to wildlife conservation and management in Namibia and beyond.