This is my personal blog, where I write about science, socio-ecological systems and conservation issues. I feature both my own and other’s research, and include whatever topics I think will add to the conversation about the intersection between humans and nature. Thank you for reading!

I am a South African  conservation biologist, with interests in socio-ecological systems, human-wildlife conflict, resource economics and sustainable resource use. I received my masters degree in conservation biology from the University of Cape Town in 2016. I am currently working towards a PhD in sustainability of the bushmeat trade in rural southern Africa.

Current publication list:

  1. J.L. van Velden, R. Altwegg, K. Shaw & P.G. Ryan. 2016. Movement patterns and survival estimates of Blue Cranes in the Western Cape. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology, 83 (3) in press.
  2. J.L. van Velden, T. Smith & P.G. Ryan. 2016. Cranes and crops: investigating farmer tolerances towards crop-damage by threatened Blue Cranes (Anthropoides paradiseus) in the Western Cape, South Africa. Environmental Management, in press.  Available at http://rdcu.be/kDzZ
  3. J.L van Velden, A. Koeslag, O. Curtis, T. Gous, & A. Amar. 2016. Knemidokoptes mite infections in South African Black Sparrowhawks: prevalence and impact on reproductive fitness. The Auk: Ornithological Advances, under 1st review.

For more info please email me at juliavanvelden@gmail.com