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Gobabebian triumphs at Arid Zone Ecology Forum 2012

One of Gobabeb’s young researchers, Miya Kabajani, attended the Arid zone Ecology Forum conference in Worcester, South Africa. About a hundred delegates listened to presentations ranging from vegetation studies to climate change. Miya presented her project investigating the habitat selection of the endemic Husab sand Lizard and received the first prize for the best poster presentation by a student or young scientist.....

One of Gobabeb’s young Research assistants, Miya Kabajani, attended the Arid zone Ecology Forum conference in Worcester, South Africa from the 16th to the 19th of October 2012. Miya presented a project that she worked on during her in-service training at Gobabeb from July to October 2011. The project was carried out under the supervision of the centre’s research manager Dr. Theo Wassenaar, and aimed at investigating the habitat selection of the endemic Husab sand Lizard. A better understanding of habitat preference is needed to identify the possible impacts of mining on this range-restricted species, and to further develop management plans for the Husab sand Lizard and other range restricted-species in the Central Namib Desert.

Miya developed a poster to present at the conference and gave a 3 minute PowerPoint slide presentation. The students and young scientists at the conference were evaluated by a panel, and the winning student poster and paper presentations were awarded prizes. Miya was awarded first prize for the best poster presentation by a student or young scientist. She received a certificate, a floating trophy, and a book on climate change in southern Africa edited by Claire Davis, along with a bottle of wine to toast the achievement.

The conference was well attended by approximately one hundred delegates whose presentations ranged from vegetation studies to climate change. Field trips to several sites around Worcester were also part of the programme. One of Miya’s fellow students at the Polytechnic of Namibia’s department of Nature conservation, Alton Tsowaseb, also presented a poster. His project dealth with bird collisions with aircrafts at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. The Head of Department of the Nature Conservation Department, Dave Joubert, also attended the conference and co-presented a paper on bush encroachment and its relation to the reduction in cattle numbers in Namibia.

AZEF kindly sponsored several students to attend the conference, including Miya. This is a wonderful achievement for Miya and the centre as a whole as the work being done at the centre is shared beyond the Namibian borders.

 

 

 

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