MSc Students

Humair Hayat:

WILDLIFE-LIVESTOCK INTERACTIONS IN A CONTRACTUAL NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

In the Richtersveld National Park, livestock from local pastoralists are allowed to share resources with protected wildlife. Humair assesses the interactions and potential competition between those animals and uses interviews as well as camera traps, spoor plots and other field observation techniques. Humair is funded through a private organization in Germany.

Lena Michler:

TOP OR FLOP – A SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL STUDY ON NATURAL RESOURCES USE BY PASTORALISTS IN AND AROUND THE RICHTERSVELD NATIONAL PARK

The Richtersveld National Park is one of the few existing contractional parks, in which pastoralists are allowed to let their livestock forage in the protected area. Lena is interested in how pastoralists view the benefit they receive through the park´s foraging resources and how the livestock impacts the highly endemic and unique fynbos vegetation. Lena uses interviews to understand their attitudes towards the park as well as field observations on soils and vegetation to analyse for nutrient contents and abundance. Lena´s research is funded by the Foundation Fiat Panis Eiselen Grant, Germany.