Jeremy Shelton – Researcher

Jeremy has 10 years of experience working in the field of freshwater ecology. The main thrust of his research is on understanding the consequences of species invasions for stream community structure and function, and he is passionate about conserving threatened species and ecosystems. After completing his Honours degree in Zoology, and MSc. degree in Conservation Biology, he joined the Freshwater Research Unit at the University of Cape Town in 2009 as a PhD student and completed his PhD in 2013. His thesis examined the consequences of an introduced predatory fish, the rainbow trout, for biodiversity and food web functioning in headwater streams in the Cape Floristic Region of South Africa – a global hotspot for biological diversity. His research constitutes the first quantitative assessment of community-wide impacts of trout in South Africa, and provides biodiversity conservators with reliable information on which management decisions can be based. Recently Jeremy has worked on a project with Anchor Environmental investigating impacts of dams and invasive species on stream ecosystems in Lesotho. He is also involved with several projects working towards improving education and awareness around freshwater conservation issues in South Africa.

Formal Education
PhD (Freshwater Ecology, University of Cape Town)
MSc (Conservation Biology, University of Cape Town)
BSc Honours (First class) (Zoology and Freshwater Biology, University of Cape Town)
BSc (Zoology, University of Cape Town)

Specialisations
Freshwater fish ecology, community ecology, invasion biology, experimental biology, trophic ecology

Email: jeremy@frcsa.org.za

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