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Dr M. Ndlovu

Programme Leader: Nature Conservation
031 002 0262
Mbombela, Building 6, E101



Ornithology, Animal Ecology


PhD in Zoology (UCT)

Currently Teaching

  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Research methodology and Project

Research Focus Areas

Intrigued by a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in African ecology and conservation. Research interests include ornithology, wildlife and conservation biology. Currently interested in animal disease, behaviour and ecology in southern African protected areas, with most work done in the Kruger National Park.

Books and Book Chapters


Journal Articles

  • Ndlovu M., Pérez-Rodríguez A., Devereux E., Thomas M., Colina A., Molaba L. (2018). Water for African elephants (Loxodonta africana): faecal microbial loads affect use of artificial waterholes. Biology Letters 14(8): e20180360.
  • Ndlovu M. (2018). Birdcall lures improve passerine mist-net captures at a sub-tropical African savanna. PLOS ONE 13(6): e0199595.
  • Ndlovu M., Pérez-Rodriguez A. (2018). Temperature fluctuations inside savanna termite mounds: do size and plant shade matter? Journal of Thermal Biology 74: 23–28.
  • Joseph G.S., Seymour C.L., Coetzee B.W.T., Ndlovu M., Deng L., Fowler K, Hagan J., Brooks B.J., Seminara J.A., Foord S.H. (2018). Elephants, termites and mound thermoregulation in a progressively warmer world. Landscape Ecology 35(5): 731–742.
  • Ndlovu M., Cumming G.S., P.A.R. Hockey and L.W. Bruinzeel. 2010. Phenotypic flexibility of a southern African duck Alopochen aegyptiaca: Do northern hemisphere paradigms apply? Journal of Avian Biology 41: 558-564.

Professional Associations and Academic Accolades

  • NRF rated researcher (C2: 2020 – 2026, Y2: 2014 – 2019)
  • SACNASP registered Professional Ecologist
  • Member of the Ecological Society of America
  • Associate Editor for: Journal of Applied ecology; African Zoology; & African Journal of Wildlife Research

Engagement Projects

  • Avian bird diseases and Zoonoses
  • Conservation Ecology in Protected Areas