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Alta de Vos

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details:

Tel: +27-046-603-7003
Fax: +27-046-603-7574
Email: a.devos@ru.ac.za

  • Biography

    Alta is a lecturer in the department. She started her academic training as a behavioural ecologist, completing a PhD on the interactions of fur seals and great white sharks at the University of Cape Town, in 2010. After her PhD she left academia for two years to manage the MAPA Project, a non-profit initiative that aims to make African conservation more visible online. In this role, she taught conservationists how to use free online tools to communicate their work and has been instrumental in setting up the beginnings of an online registry and map of African conservation areas and actions. She remains involved with this initiative on a volunteer basis and firmly believes in working collaboratively with non-profits and other public-benefit organisations to co-develop research agendas.  

    Her involvement with the MAPA Project piqued her interest in understanding protected areas as social-ecological systems, which lead to a post-doc with Prof Graeme Cumming at the University of Cape Town.  In her research, she explores spatial elements of resilience of protected areas, questions of scale-mismatches, and map and analyse the contribution of different kinds of protected areas to South Africa’s development and conservation goals. She has a strong interest in mapping and quantifying ecosystem services and trade-offs in protected areas. In this realm she is increasingly interested in linking participatory approaches and remote sensing.  More recently, she has started to investigate the dynamics of protected area establishment and change, protected area governance networks, and the spatial footprint and social-ecological consequences of land claims on protected areas. More generally, she is interested in teaching methods (particularly quantitative methods) for understanding social-ecological systems. 

  • Recent Publications

    Cundill, G., Bezerra, J.C., De Vos, A. and Ntingana, N., 2017. Beyond benefit sharing: Place attachment and the importance of access to protected areas for surrounding communities. Ecosystem Serviceshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.03.011

    Bowker, J.N., De Vos, A., Ament, J.M. & Cumming, G.S. 2016. Effectiveness of Africa's tropical protected areas for maintaining forest cover. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.12851.

    De Vos, A.,Cumming, G.S., Moore, C.A., Maciejewski, K. & Duckworth, G. 2016. The relevance of spatial variation in ecotourism attributes for the economic sustainability of protected areas. Ecosphere, 7(2): e01207. 10.1002/ecs2.1207.

    De Vos, A., Cumming, G.S., Cumming, D.H.M., Ament, J.M., Clements, H.S., Grewar, J.D., Maciejewski, K. & Moore, C. 2016. Pathogens, disease and the social-ecological resilience of protected areas. Ecology and Society, 21(1): 20.

    Wcisel, M., O’Riain, M. J., de Vos, A., & Chivell, W. 2015. The role of refugia in reducing predation risk for Cape fur seals by white sharks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology69(1), 127-138.

    Cumming, G.S., Allen, C.R., Ban, N.C., Biggs, D., Biggs, H.C., Cumming, D.H.M., De Vos, A., Epstein, G., Etienne, M., Maciejewski, K., Mathevet, R., Moore, C., Nenadovic, M., and Schoon, M. 2015. Understanding protected area resilience: a multi-scale, social-ecological approach. Ecological Applications.

    Maciejewski, K., de Vos, A., Cumming, G.S., Moore, C., Biggs, D. 2015. Cross-scale feedbacks and scale mismatches as influences on cultural services and the resilience of protected areas. Ecological Applications.

    De Vos A, Cumming, Moore, Maciejewski. In Press. "Understanding constraints on ecotourism in protected areas: the implications of location for economic sustainability" Ecosphere.

    De Vos, A., Justin O'Riain, M., Meÿer, M. A., Kotze, P. G., & Kock, A. A. (2015). Behavior of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) in response to spatial variation in white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) predation risk.Marine Mammal Science.

    De Vos, A., Justin O'Riain, M., Meyer, M. A., Kotze, P. G. H., & Kock, A. A. (2015). Behavior of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) in relation to temporal variation in predation risk by white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) around a seal rookery in False Bay, South Africa. Marine Mammal Science.

    De Vos, A., Cumming, G.C., Cumming D.H.M., Ament, J., Baum, J., Clements, H., Grewar, J., Maciejewski, K., Moore, C. In press. "Pathogens, disease, and the social-ecological resilience of protected areas". Ecology & Society.

    De Vos A. & O’Riain M.J. 2012. Do Cape fur seals follow simple or complex movement rules? Behavioral Ecology doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars153.

    De Vos, A., and O’Riain, M.J. 2010. Sharks shape the geometry of a selfish seal herd: experimental evidence from seal decoys. Biol Lett 2010 6:48-50. (Editor’s choice)

    Wcisel, M., O’Riain, M. J., de Vos, A., & Chivell, W. 2015. The role of refugia in reducing predation risk for Cape fur seals by white sharks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology69(1), 127-138.

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