Professor Colleen T Downs
Prof Downs has been at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 1994 lecturing and conducting research. Her research interests are broad and multidisciplinary. They include the conservation, general biology and ecophysiology (particularly nutrition, digestive physiology, frugivory and thermal biology) of terrestrial vertebrates in unpredictable environments.

Her research extends to ecosystem health in KwaZulu-Natal incorporating conservation, general biology and persistence of species with changing land use (including urban ecology). This includes several species such as Cape Parrots, Bushbuck, Oribi, Pelicans, Cape Vultures, Nile Crocodiles, Fruit Bats, small carnivores and feral cats.

Prof Downs is passionate about science education, with a particular focus on addressing problems experienced by Biology students. She has contributed to the development of research capacity, particularly at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
 Quote:   “Be curious. Curiosity in Biology is of importance in life’s journey.”
Position:   Professor 
Qualifications:   MEd
BSc (Hons.) 
Discipline:   Zoology
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5127/04
Recent Publications:

  Pfeiffer, M., Venter, J. & Downs, C.T. Identifying human generated threats to Cape Vultures (Gyps coprotheres) using community perceptions in communal farmland, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Bird Conservation International provisionally accepted.

Hart, L. & Downs, C.T. 2014. Observations, based on public surveys, of rose-ringed parakeets Psittacula krameri in the greater Durban area, South Africa. African Zoology in press. 

Mqokeli, B.R. & Downs, C.T. 2014 Is protein composition in the diet of Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat important? African Zoology in press.
4. Rollinson, D., Coleman, J., & Downs, C.T. 2014. Roost temperature and fidelity of Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat in an urban environment. African Zoology in press.

Ramesh, T. & Downs, C.T. 2014. Land use factors determining occurrence of Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer) in the Drakensberg Midlands, South Africa. Journal of Ornithology 155: 471-480 doi. 10.1007/s10336-013-1028-2.
 Downloads:   CV/ Resume
Researcher ID:    A-7770-2010 
Google Scholar:    Google Scholar
Scopus Author ID:    7005341100
Postgraduate Candidates:    PG Candidates

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