Yvette Ehlers Smith, Dr.

South Africa
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
BII expert in: Birds

I am the regional ecologist for South-Eastern KwaZulu-Natal at Ezemvelo KZN Wildllife and a honorary research fellow at the Centre for Functional Biodiversity at the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. My current research entails ‘an assessment of the effects of land-use and climate change on the avian, mammalian and plant functional and taxonomic communities in KwaZulu-Natal province’.

Habitat degradation not only affects biodiversity but also has a negative impact on human livelihoods and subsequent well-being as it influences peoples capacity to live sustainably.