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Dr Craig J. Tambling

Dr Craig J. Tambling
Current positions

Head of Department (2020-2021)
Senior Lecturer (2016-present)
Employment history
2015-2016: Contract Lecturer – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2010-2016: Postdoctoral researcher – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, RSA
2004-2010: PhD – University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
2003-2004: MSc – University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
1999-2002: BSc Hons – University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
3rd Floor – Room ZOT28
Zoology Building
King Williams' Town Road
Alice, 5700
South Africa
Telephone: +27-(0)40-602-2339
Cell: +27-(0)72-170-8905
Teaching activities
BIO 121 – Animal Diversity (2016-2018, 2021-present)
ZOO 121 – Animal Diversity (2016-present)
ZOO 212 – Introduction to Animal Behaviour (2017-present)
ZOO 222 – Special Topics in Mammalogy (2016-present)
ZOO 314 – Biodiversity and Conservation (2018-present)
ZOO 325 – Research Techniques in Animal Ecology (2017-present)
ZOO 503 – Field research Methodology (2017-present)
ZOO 511 – Evolution, systematics and conservation biology (2018-present)
ZOO 521 – Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology (2016-2017, 2019-present)
ZOO 323 – Evolutionary Ecology (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2014-2015)
Course coordinator for BIO121 (2021-present), ZOO 314 (2018-present) and ZOO 325 (2017-present)
Other professional activities/memberships

  • Reviewed manuscripts for Acta Theriologica, Acta Zoologica Sinica, African Journal of Ecology, African Zoology, Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, Animal Behaviour, Austral Ecology, Basic and Applied Ecology, Conservation LettersEcological Informatics, Ecological Modelling, Journal of Applied EcologyJournal of MammalogyJournal of ZoologyJournal of Wildlife Management, Mammalian BiologyOecologia, Oryx, PLoS ONESouth African Journal of Wildlife ResearchWildlife BiologyWildlife Research (A summary of reviewing outputs can be found on the Publons website)
  • External examinations: Mtech – Cape Peninsula University of Technology; MSc – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal; MSc – University of Cape Town; DTech – Tshwane University of Technology; PhD – University of Pretoria; PhD – University of the Witwatersrand; PhD – University of Lyon; PhD – Rhodes University
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Thicket Forum

Research interests
My research focuses on both large mammal predator ecology and large mammal predator-prey interactions (at population and behavioural levels) and can be broadly grouped under the theme "large mammal predator mediated trophic interactions". I am especially interested in understanding how large mammal trophic and behavioural interactions are modified by top down pressures in the Anthropocene. By understanding behavioural interactions between members of different trophic levels we can improve our ability to conserve not only species, but also the adapted behavioural interactions between species and thus entire community assemblages. To address questions related to this broad theme, I focus on a mix of empirical and theoretical approaches, integrating field work, laboratory analysis and analytical techniques in behavioural ecology. Although the majority of my research has been confined to predator and prey interactions on large mammals in Africa, my research is not motivated by a single taxon but rather by particular research questions that emanate from behavioural interactions between predators and prey.
Student supervision (Current)

  • 2019-present: MSc Zoology – Ms Zonke Mrubata. Title: Spatial and temporal distribution of the African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), at the Great Fish River Reserve
  • 2020-present: PhD Zoology – Mr Sinalo Malindie. Title: Ecology and management of buffalo in the Great Fish River Nature Reserve.
  • 2020: BSc Honours – Ms Sanki Memani. Title: Impact of reintroducing apex predators and megaherbivores on medium to large mammals

Co-supervision (other universities)

  • 2017-2020: MSc Conservation Science (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) – Mr Iain Olivier. Title: Lion (Panthera leo), livestock and wildlife interactions in the Kuku Group Ranch pastoralist area, Kenya
  • 2018-2020: MSc Conservation Science (Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Ms Sally Reece. Title: Spatial use patterns and species richness of medium and large mammals in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • 2019-present: PhD Zoology (Stellenbosch University) – Mr Wian Nieman. Title: Fire regime impacts on large mammal community structure in a small fenced reserve: implications for management and conservation
  • 2020-present: MSc Zoology (Rhodes University) – Mr Gift Speelman. Title: Potential impacts of baboons on Tree Euphorbia's in the Great Fish River Nature Reserve

Representative publications

A full list of publications can be found here:
Full list of publications and other research outputs on UFH website
Full list of publications on ResearchGate - H Index: 21 (as of 19 March 2021)
Full list of publications on Google Scholar - H Index: 22 (as of 19 March 2021)