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MSc student

Conor Eastment

MSc Conservation Biology (UCT);  BSocSci (Hons) Environmental and Geographical Science (UCT)

Thesis title: Long and short-term trends in rainfall and vegetation change in north-east Namibia: an approach combining repeat photography and remote sensing. Investigating interactions between rainfall, fire regime and vegetation cover,  within Bwabwata National Park, Namibia

Supervisors: A/Prof Lindsey Gillson, Dr. Glynis Humphrey and Prof. Timm Hoffmann.

Email: ESTCON002@myuct.ac.za

Conor's Honours year was focused on Urban Ecology, Water Resource Management, Geomorphology and Environmental Management. During Honours, Conor was also the Conservation Convener for the UCT Mountain and Ski Club. As part of this role, he led hacking teams in the felling of thousands of pines on UCT’s Zuurberg property, accessing the area via helicopter and wilderness hiking.

After Honours he worked as Project Manager for an urban river conservation organisation (Friends of the Liesbeeck) based along the historic Liesbeeck River in Cape Town. With Friends of the Liesbeeck, he was primarily responsible for overseeing a maintenance team tasked with restoration of the indigenous eco-system; engaging with government agents, residents and other NGOs with the aim of improving ecological functionality along the river corridor.