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Prof M Somers

Current positions: Director of the Centre for Wildlife Management. Core Team Member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology. Holder of the Eugene Marais Chair of Wildlife Management, and member of the Mammal Research Institute

Teaching focus: Numerous teaching activities in the field of animal and wildlife sciences on under- and post-graduate level, focussing on aspects of ecology and wildlife management.

Current research focus: Include, but not limited to, carnivore and ungulate management, ecology and behaviour, and invasion and reintroduction biology. Aim to produce applied research, with practical application and value.

Editorial duties: 

Academic Editor for PeerJ

Associate editor for African Journal of Wildlife Research and Mammalian Biology

Guest Editor for a 2015 issue of African Journal of Wildlife Research dedicated to carnivores

Professional committees:

Elected council member of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association.

Member of the IUCN Reintroduction, and Otter (African coordinator)  and small carnivore specialist groups

Member of the IUCN South African Wild Dog Advisory Group (WAG-SA)

Publications 2017:

Jordaan, R.K.,  Somers, M.J. & Mcintyre, T. (In press). Dancing to the message: African clawless otter scent marking behaviour. HYSTRIX – Italian Journal of Mammalogy.

Do Linh San, E., Sato, J.J., Belant, J.L. & Somers, M.J. (Eds). (In press). Small carnivore Small Carnivores: Evolution, Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

Isaacs, L., Somers, M.J. & Swanepoel, L. (In press). Density of African civets in a moist mountain bushveld region of South Africa. In: Emmanuel Do Linh San, Jun J. Sato, Jerrold L. Belant & Michael J. Somers (Eds) Small Carnivores: Evolution, Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

Milupi, I. D., Somers, M.J. & Ferguson, W. (In press). Local ecological knowledge and Community-Based Management of wildlife resources: lessons from Mumbwa and Lupande game management areas of Zambia. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research.

Somers, M.J., Becker, P., Druce, D.J., Graf, J., Gunther, M., Marneweck, D., Trinkle, M., Moleón, M & Hayward, M.W. (2017). Reassembly of the large predator guild into Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (Chapter 12). In: Conserving Africa’s mega-diversity in the Anthropocene: the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park story. Owen-Smith, N., Archibald, S. & Cromsigt, J.P.G.M. (Eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Jolles, A.E., Le Roex, N., Flacke, G., Cooper, D. Geoghegan, C. & Somers, M.J. (2017). Wildlife Disease Dynamics in Carnivore and Herbivore Hosts in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (Chapter 13). In: Conserving Africa’s mega-diversity in the Anthropocene: the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park story. Owen-Smith, N., Archibald, S. & Cromsigt, J.P.G.M. (Eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Winterbach, C. W., Maude, G., Neo-Mahupeleng, G., Klein, R., Boast, L., Rich, L. N. & Somers, M. J. (2017). Conservation implications of brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) population densities and distribution across landscapes in Botswana. Koedoe, 59(2), 1–16.

Kerley, G. I. H., Behrens, K. G., Carruthers, J., Diemont, M., du Plessis, J., Minnie, L., Richardson, P,R., Somers, M.J., Tambling, C.J., Turpie, J., van Niekerk, H.N. & Balfour, D. (2017). Livestock predation in South Africa: The need for and value of a scientific assessment. South African Journal of Science, 113, 1–3.

Marnewick, K., Page-Nicholson, S., Roxburgh, L., & Somers, M. (2017). Tracking data from nine free-roaming Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) collared in the Thabazimbi area, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5, e11323.


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