Professor Hill’s main research interests are in the behavioral ecology of primates and other large mammals, with a primary goal of understanding the decisions animals make about their social and reproductive strategies. His research approaches combine field studies with theoretical analyses based on modeling. He runs the Primate and Predator Project, but he is based in the UK. He has previously managed other projects in South Africa based at De Hoop Nature Reserve and in the Kruger National Park. He holds a PhD in primate behavioral ecology from the University of Liverpool and an MPhil from Darwin College, University of Cambridge.
Leah completed her PhD at Durham University, where she was supervised by Russell. Leah graduated with a degree in Zoology from Royal Holloway University of London in 2005, before going on to study for an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation at Exeter University in 2007. From 2009 until 2012, Leah worked as a Project Fundraiser at Surrey Wildlife Trust, developing and raising funds for conservation projects within the county. In 2012, prior to beginning her PhD, Leah assisted a PhD student in the rainforests of Borneo, live capturing and tagging small mammals to assess population changes in forest fragmentations within oil palm estates. Leah then began her PhD at Durham University, studying the issue of primate crop raiding and working alongside farmers to develop solutions to the problem. After completing her PhD Leah began working as the Research Coordinator for PPP.
With an academic background that has almost nothing to do with conservation but armed with a passion for wildlife, Abraham (or Braam) is the jack of all trades for the project and a commercial farmer in the Alldays area, and the Director of the AWCRC. He manages all things camp and maintenance related and serves as a general guide and host to all who join us!
Jamie joined the research centre from the first month it existed! He completed his undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Liverpool. Having worked for five years in financial technology as a project manager he has moved to align his skills with his passion for wildlife. Jamie originally joined us as a six-month research assistant, additionally assisting in setting the new research centre and branch of the Primate and Predator Project up with his project management experience. He has now been with us approaching three years having spent some time in India for Tiger conservation prior to moving here.
Frank’s love of nature started when he was a young boy watching documentaries with his grandfather. Frank hails from Pretoria and after some initial endeavours in the IT business; he decided to follow his heart and obtained a diploma in Nature Management at Centurion College. He has a keen interest in the little creatures like scorpions, snakes and lizards and loves nothing better than sharing the thrill of a scorpion on one hand and sharing this experience with others. He is helping on the conservation and research side at AWCRC as well as training the volunteers.
Nadine was born in France where her love for nature probably started when she was raised by her grandparents in the countryside. She completed her bachelor’s degree in science in France. In order to achieve her dreams of travel and also to gain some experience, she travelled to South Africa at the beginning of 2015 to study caracal and leopard distribution on a reserve in the Limpopo province (Mogalakwena Research Centre). During that time, her passion for mammals, especially felines, and conservation increased. She decided to pursue her studies here and she started her master’s degree in Biological sciences though the University of Cape Town to assess diversity and characteristics of communities of the small mammal species at Karoo sites vulnerable to shale-gas exploration and other land uses. Here at AWCRC, she is helping to recruit new volunteers and creating research projects.