Interns and Postgraduate students


Training and mentorship of young Namibians is one of our 8 NCE Programme Areas. The NCE currently has four interns from the Namibian University of Science and Technology. They are a diverse group of students, at different stages of their study careers, each with their own majors/thesis. We have the pleasure of introducing from the left:

NCE interns

Lorentha Haraes is studying towards her masters in Natural Resources Management. Lorentha’s thesis is on an Analysis of Wildlife Populations from Aerial Imagery: Case studies of the Greater Fish River Canyon Landscape in Namibia and Iona National Park in Angola. She is an aspiring spatial ecologist with keen interest in wildlife ecology.

Esleen Guriras is in her 3rd and final year of Bachelors of Regional and Rural Development. Esleen is keen on understanding and learning about development issues in Namibia and how resources can be distributed equally for the benefit of all. In the future, she would like to pursue an Honours degree in Environmental Management as she would like to contribute to sustainable resource use as it affects the livelihood of our communities.

Michelle Rodgers is an MSc student in Natural Resource Management. She completed her Honours project in early 2017, which looked at bioturbating* medium-sized mammals and their ecosystem services and compared it between a bordering livestock farm (Ebenhaezer) and private game reserve (Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve) in the Kalahari. Michelle is now expanding this project, focusing on nocturnal bioturbators, including more study sites and ecosystem services, and contribute her sightings to the Mammal Atlas. Her key interests lie in nocturnal mammals, finding the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) in Namibia, and remote sensing with drones.

*Bioturbation is the reworking of soils and sediments by animals or plants.

Alina Nambuli is a final year student pursuing a Spatial Planning Degree in Regional and Rural Development, majoring in Community Development and Sustainable Resource Management. Alina would like to further her studies in Social & Environmental Sustainability as her main interests are in community based conservation, community based planning and stakeholder interaction and involvement.

Postgraduate students

Marina TavolaroMarina Tavolaro is a PhD student from the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild) at University of Cape Town (SA). The community based natural resources management (CBNRM) system, which links conservation to poverty alleviation through sustainable use of natural resources, is a key development strategy for rural Namibia. The overall goal of Marina's research is to better understand and tackle conservation conflicts in Namibian communal conservancies. By better integrating the underpinning social context with the material impacts and evaluation of conflicts across communal conservancies, she hopes to enhance effective conflict management and long-term conservation benefits.

Marina holds a MSc by research from Bristol University (UK) and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen (UK). She recently worked for two years as a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and previously worked as a researcher on the wildlife-livestock interface in southern Africa at Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria).