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Antje Steinfurth

Dr Antje Steinfurth

Qualifications and experience/Research Background

Antje’s research over the last decade has been mainly concentrated on marine mammals, seabirds and turtles with a focus on population monitoring, foraging and migratory behaviour. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Kiel, Germany in 2007. For her PhD thesis Antje studied the marine ecology and conservation of the endangered and endemic Galápagos Penguin – a joint initiative between the CDF, the Galápagos National Park Service of Ecuador, and the University of Kiel in Germany.

In 2008, as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK she started working on the temporal and spatial variability in marine habitat use and foraging strategies of African Penguins in the Western Cape, an international and interdisciplinary project in collaboration with the Animal Demography Unit (ADU), Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, Oceans and Coasts Management of the Department of Environmental Affairs, and BirdLife South Africa. The overall aim of this project has been to identify penguin foraging areas, to monitor and detect reasons for habitat changes, and predict the potential consequences of expanding human activities on the penguin population. Since July 2009, under the supervision of Prof. Les Underhill, she has been continuing this study as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ADU.

This research has now been complemented by a study on the energetic requirements of African Penguins, with the objective of determining whether there is a need to improve the current fishery management in terms of incorporating seabird food requirements into fishery models. In 2009, she became a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Penguin Specialist Group.

Main collaborators

Prof Les G. Underhill (Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Dr Rob Crawford (Oceans and Coasts Management of the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa)
Dr Lorien Pichegru (Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Prof Rory P. Wilson (University of Wales, Swansea, UK)
Dr Dan Forman (University of Wales, Swansea, UK)
Prof P. Dee Boersma (University of Washington, USA)
Dr F. Hernan Vargas (Peregrine Fund, USA)
Dr Daniel M. Palacios (NOAA Fisheries, USA)

Other collaborative institutions/organisations

BirdLife South Africa
WWF- South Africa
Charles Darwin Foundation
Galápagos National Park Service

Recent Publications

Wilson RP, Vargas FH, Steinfurth A, Riordan P, Macdonald DW (2008) What grounds some birds for life? Movement and diving in the sexually dimorphic Galápagos cormorant. Ecol Monogr 78(4):633-652

Steinfurth A, Vargas FH, Wilson RP, Macdonald DW, Spindler M (2008) Space use by foraging Galápagos penguins during chick rearing. Endang Species Res 4:105-112

Vargas FH, Lacy RC, Johnson PJ, Steinfurth A, Crawford RJM, Boersma PD, Macdonald DW (2007) Modeling the effect of El Niño on the persistence of small populations: The Galápagos penguin as a case study. Biol Conserv 137:138-148

Contact Info

Email: antje.steinfurth[at]uct.ac.za
PD Hahn Building, ADU, Room 2.03