Dr Mark Brown


Mark is the Program Director of the Nature’s Valley Trust, a conservation NGO operating in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces. After 12.5 years on permanent staff at UKZN, Mark stepped full time into the NGO sector, and transitioned into an honorary research post at UKZN.

Mark has a wide spread research portfolio, concentrating on bird and fish research in several biomes. His programs currently include supervision of postgrad students at several international and South African universities.

 Quote:   'Don’t ask me what birds are special – all of them are, even the common overlooked ones!'
Position:   Honorary Researcher
Qualifications:   PhD Zoology
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   044-531 6820
 Email:   brownma@ukzn.ac.za
Recent Publications:

  Van de Voorde, S., Witteveen, M and Brown, M. 2015. Differential reactions to anthropogenic disturbance by two ground-nesting shorebirds. Ostrich 86: 43-52 DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2015.1029558

Thompson L.J., Brown, M. & Downs, C.T. 2015. The potential effects of climate change-associated temperature increases on the metabolic rate of a small Afrotropical bird. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 1504-1512

Ribeiro, A. M., Lloyd, P., Dean, R., Brown, M. & Bowie, R.C.K. 2014. The Ecological and Geographic Context of Morphological and Genetic Divergence in an Understorey-Dwelling Bird. PLoS ONE 9(2): e85903. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085903

Amar, A., Koeslag, A., Malan, G., Tarboton, W., Wreford, E. & Brown, M. 2014. Clinal variation in the morph ratio of Black Sparrowhawks Accipiter melanoleucus in South Africa and its correlation with environmental variables. IBIS 156: 627–638. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12157

Witteveen, M., Brown, M. & C.T. Downs. 2014. Does sugar content matter? Blood plasma glucose levels in an occasional and a specialist avian nectarivore. COMPARATIVE & BIOCHEMICAL PHYSIOLOGY A 167: 40-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2013.09.017

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