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Research Assistant

Samantha Venter (Scott)

MSc (University of the Witwatersrand

Office: Room 5.08, HW Pearson Building
Telephone: +27 21 650 5551
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MSc Ecology, Environment and Conservation (University of the Witwatersrand), BSc (Hons) Botany (University of the Witwatersrand), BSc Ecology, Environment and Conservation (University of the Witwatersrand)

Samantha joined the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) as a Research Assistant in February 2016. Her main focus is the development and management of the PCU rePhotoSA citizen science project, which involves repeat photography of southern African landscapes. This project is focused on getting the public or 'citizen scientists' to contribute to the extensive repeat photographic database housed within the PCU. The project website was launched on the 6th December at the Animal Demography Unit Citizen Science Day in the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. 

Originally from Johannesburg in Gauteng, Samantha completed her BSc (Hons.) Ecology, Environment & Conservation (Botany) and her MSc. Ecology, Environment & Conservation (Ornithology) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research focused on the community dynamics and feeding ecology of birds within an Afromontane Mist Belt Mixed Podocarpus Forest near Nottingham Road in KwaZulu-Natal, and was funded by the National Research Foundation and E. Oppenheimer & Son. On completion of her Masters, Samantha worked as an Environmental Consultant for 2.5 years before seeking out the greener pastures of our country through the WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) network.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Drake D.C, Maritz B., Jacobs S.M., Crous C.J., Engelbrecht A., Etale A., Fourie M.J., Furniss D.G., Scott S.L., Parusnath S., and Tye D.R. (2013) The propagation and dispersal of misinformation in ecology: Is there a relationship between citation accuracy and journal impact factor? Hydrobiologia 702(1) 1-4.

Helm C.V., Scott S.L. and Witkowski E.T.F. (2011) Reproductive potential and seed fate of Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra (marula) in the low altitude savannas of South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 77: 650-664.

Maritz B. and Scott S.L. (2010) Assessing the threat of avian predation on a small viperid snake. African Zoology 45(2): 309-314.