My main interests in biology are animal behaviour, ecology (mainly terrestrial) and conservation biology.
I am starting a project on the conservation biology of cheetahs in a network of reintroduced populations in South Africa.
This project will provide facts for the management of cheetahs in 38 South African reserves where cheetahs have been reintroduced and in early 2009 numbered 280 animals.
Download "Cheetah conservation in South Africa" by Buk & Marnewick in Africa Insight in 2010.
Other research projects
Black Rhino Nutritional Ecology: Investigating the relationship between black rhino plant preferences and the contents of nutrients, minerals and plant defence chemicals in a range of available plants.
"Diet selection of and habitat suitability for black rhino in Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa". M.Sc. thesis which received top mark at University of Copenhagen. Download (2.1 MB PDF)
"Seasonal diet preferences of black rhinoceros in three arid South African National Parks" published in African Journal of Ecology 2010. Download
Conservation status of wild dog (Lycaon pictus) in Zambia
Diet and demographics of elephant (Loxodonta africanus) in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Pollen and seed dispersal by bats in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Breeding and antagonistic behaviour in crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) (Farum Lake, Denmark)
Temperature and activity in the common toad (Bufo bufo)
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right." Henry Ford
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