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Peter Ryan

Peter Ryan

Department of Zoology
Percy Fitzpatrick Ornithological Institute (COE)
John Day Building
University Avenue
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, 7701, RSA

Ph: # (0)21 650 2966

Email: peter.ryan(at)uct.ac.za

Website: http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/


Academic Course Coordinator for the Institute’s MSc Course in Conservation Biology, general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology (focusing on resolving closely-related species complexes), marine debris, solid waste management, the biology of oceanic islands.

He mostly works on seabirds and their conservation; he has wide-ranging interests in avian biology, and still maintains an interest in plastic pollution, especially in marine systems.. During 2009 he spent three months at Tristan, continuing his work on the islands’ endemic buntings as well as conducting surveys of threatened birds and following up control programmes to remove alien plants from the islands. He is a keen birder and believes in the importance of promoting amateur involvement in ornithology. He has written several books about birds and their identification, and is scientific advisor to Africa Birds & Birding, a popular magazine about birds.

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