Nico L. Avenant
Dr. Nico Avenant is a small mammal ecologist with a special interest in community ecology, predator-prey relations and the contribution of species composition to the conservation of ecosystems. Through his own field-based research, as well as that of his postgraduate students, and involvement in environmental impact assessments, Nico has developed a wider perspective and extensive field experience.
These “priviledged” experiences include working in the West Coast Strandveld; Nama Karoo; Namib Desert & Skeleton Coast; Free State, Gauteng and central Namibia grasslands; the Maguga Valley in Eswatini; the Lesotho Highlands; Elephant Marshes in Malawi; Eastern Cambodia forests; and the Marion- and Prince Edward Islands – often as part of national and international multi-disciplinary teams.
Nico is currently Curator, Senior Specialist Scientist and HOD at the Mammalogy Department, National Museum, Bloemfontein, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State.