Dr Adrian M Shrader
Dr Shrader is a behavioural ecologist whose research focuses primarily on the ecology of large mammalian herbivores (including megaherbivores), their interactions with vegetation, and the factors governing their foraging, habitat use, movements and dispersal. His research strives to understand the behavioural decisions of herbivores, the information they use to make these decisions and the effects these decisions have on their ecology.

The ultimate goal of his research is to apply ecological theory to the management and conservation of large mammals. At present, he has four major research areas that form the core of his long-term research programme: foraging ecology, costs of living in groups, white rhino ecology and the ecology of fear.
Position:   Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD (Ecology)
MSc (Ecology)
BSc Hons
BSc (Zoology)
Discipline:   Ecology
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5143
Email:   shrader@ukzn.ac.za
Recent Publications:

Stears, K., and Shrader, A.M. 2015. Increases in food availability can tempt oribi antelope into taking greater risks at both large and small spatial scales. Animal Behaviour 108: 155-164. 

Valls-Fox, H., Bonnet, O., Cromsigt, J.P.G.M., Fritz, H. and Shrader, A.M. 2015. Soil texture and former human land-use determine grazing lawn location and functioning in a South African savanna. Ecosystems 18: 720-733. 

Stears, K., Kerley, G.I.H. and Shrader, A.M. 2014. Group-living herbivores weigh up patch quality and patch holder dominance status when making patch-joining decisions. PLoS One 9(10): e109011. 

Schmitt, M.H., Stears, K., Wilmers, C. and Shrader, A.M. 2014. Determining the relative importance of dilution and detection for zebra foraging in mixed-species herds. Animal Behaviour 96: 151-158.

Shrader, A.M., Post, J.F., Hagenah, N. and Bateman, P.W. 2013. Is a reduction in the individual vigilance of mothers a key driver of the evolution of group formation in white rhinos? African Zoology 48: 109-114. 

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