Scientific Publications

Our research has been published in the form of various scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, and in popular articles. We have also had postgraduate student theses result from our work.

Peer reviewed papers:


Witteveen, M, Brown, M & Ryan, P.G. 2015. Pseudo-egg and exotic egg adoption by kelp gulls Larus dominicanus vetulaAfrican Zoology 50: 59-61. Download.

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


Whittington, P.A., Crawford, R.J,M, Martin, A.P., Randall, R.M., Brown, M., Makhado, A.B., Dyer, B.M., Upfold, L., Harrison, K.H.B, Huisamen, J., Waller, L. and Witteveen, M. 2016. Recent Trends of the Kelp Gull, Larus dominicanus, in South Africa. Waterbirds 39: 99-113. Download. 


Mackay, B, Lee, A.T.K., Barnard, P., Møller, A. P. and Brown, M. 2017. Urbanization, climate and ecological stress indicators in an endemic nectarivore, the Cape sugarbird. Journal of Ornithology 158(4): 1013-1024. Download.

Angoh, S.Y.J., Brown, M. and Midgely, J. 2017. Selfing versus out-crossing in six Erica species of the southern Cape. South African Journal of Botany 111: 387–391. Download.

Witteveen, M, Brown, M & Ryan, P.G. 2017. Anthropogenic debris in the nests of kelp gulls in South Africa. Marine Pollution Bulletin 114: 699-704. Download.


Bestea, L., Whitehead, K. and Brown, M. 2019. The breeding system of Watsonia knysnana (Iridaceae): An Assessment of pollinator effectiveness. South African Journal of Botany 124: 166-172. Download

Brown, M., Arendse, B., Mels, B. and Lee, A.T., 2019. Bucking the trend: the African Oystercatcher as a recent conservation success story. Ostrich 90(4): 327-333. Download.


Judge, C., Penry, G.S., Brown, M. and Witteveen, M., 2020. Clear waters: assessing regulation transparency of website advertising in South Africa’s boat-based whale-watching industry. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 1-17. Download


Angoh, Y. J., Midgley, J. and Brown, M. 2021. Getting around: Effects of fragmentation on a bird-pollinated Erica species. South African Journal of Botany, 141: 196-199.

Popular articles:

Brown, M. 2013. The Drone Zone. African BirdLife July/August 2013: 34-35. Download.


Raynor, L. 2014. An analysis of the impacts of Sedgefield’s 2009/2010 drought response on water security. Magister in Environmental Management, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Management, University of the Free State. Raynor-2014.pdf .

Witteveen, M. 2015. The influence of a changing environment on the breeding biology and diet of Kelp Gulls (Larus dominicanus vetula) in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Master of Science, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Cape Town.  M.-Witteveen-2015.pdf

Schroeter, L. 2015. Caught in the middle: A Reassessment of Shore-Based Linefishery Between Two Marine Protected Areas In South Africa. Masters of Science, University of Bremen, Faculty for Biology and Chemistry, Germany.  Schroeter-2015.pdf

Angoh, S.Y.J. 2016. The Birds, the Bees and Erica: The Birds, the Bees and Erica: The Birds, the Bees and Erica: Vulnerability of Plant-pollinator Communities in Fragmented Fynbos Landscapes. Masters of Science in Conservation Biology, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town.  Angoh-2017.pdf

Whitehead, K. 2018. Functional role of birds as pollinators in the southern Cape Fynbos. Masters of Science in Ecology, School of Life Sciences, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Whitehead-K.-2018.pdf

Research Reports:

de Moor, F.C., & Bellingan, T.A. 2011. A survey of macroinvertebrate diversity of eleven rivers in and around the Tsitsikamma National park, Eastern Cape, South Africa.  de-Moor-Bellingan-2011.pdf