Dr David Ward
Dr Ward's research interests lie in the field of the ecology of plant-animal interactions. He is particularly interested in the effects of herbivory by large mammals on the population biology, population genetics and conservation of plant populations.

Most of his work focuses on savanna ecology, although he maintains a strong interest in desert studies. He firmly believes in the value of field experiments to allow us to gain a mechanistic understanding of the factors that create large-scale vegetation patterns.
Position:   Professor
Qualifications:   PhD
Discipline:   Biodiversity
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 6018
 Email:   ward@ukzn.ac.za
Recent Publications:

  WARD, D., Wiegand, K. & Getzin, S. 2013. Walter’s two-layer hypothesis revisited: back to the roots! Oecologia 172: 617-630.

WARD, D. 2011. Population differentiation in a purported ring species, Acacia karroo (Mimosoideae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104: 748-755.

WARD, D. 2010. A parsimonious optimal foraging model explaining mortality patterns of Serengeti wildebeest. Ecological Modelling 221: 2406-2408.

WARD, D. 2009. The biology of deserts. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

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