Dr Justine Braby
Email: justine [dot] braby [at] gmail [dot] com
ADU graduated: PhD 2011
Thesis: The Biology and Conservation of the Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum
[PDF full-thesis 12.3 MB]
Justine grew up in the Skeleton Coast Park in Namibia and did her schooling in Swakopmund. She did her BSc at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Zoology (2004). In 2005 she did a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, focusing on teaching Biology and Natural Science at high school level (UCT). In 2006 she did a Higher Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, also at UCT, and she wrote her dissertation on “The Efficacy of down-listing the African Elephant under CITES: A Critical Assessment”.
In 2007 she registered for her Masters degree at the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town, which focused on the impacts of diamond mining on the Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum in the restricted area of southern Namibia. In 2009 she upgraded to a PhD and her thesis broadened to encompass the biology and conservation of the Damara Tern. Her thesis focuses on three aspects: demographics and breeding biology, energetics and growth, and conservation.
Justine travelled to Nigeria in 2008 to survey migrating Damara Terns around the Lagos area, and in 2009 she travelled to northern Chile to study the Peruvian Tern Sterna lorata in the Atacama Desert with the University of Antofagasta. The Peruvian Tern is ecologically similar to the Damara Tern and also faces similar threats.
- Braby J and Underhill LG. 2007. Was poor breeding productivity of African Black Oystercatchers Haematopus moquini on Robben Island in 2004/2005 caused by feral cats, Kelp gulls, mole snakes, or the Sumatra Tsunami? Wader Study Group Bulletin 113: 66-70
- Braby J. 2007. The efficacy of down-listing the African Elephant under CITES: A critical Assessment. Dissertation for HDipLaw. PDF (198 Kb)
- Kemper J, Braby J, Dyer BM, James J, Ludynia K, Mullers R, Roux JP, Underhill LG, Wolfaard AC. 2007. Annex 3: Monitoring seabirds in the BCLME. Data Collection Manual. Final Report of the BCLME Project on Top Predators as Biological Indicators of Ecosystem change of the BCLME. SP Kirkman (ed). Avian Demography Unit, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
- Braby J, Braby RJ, Braby N and Simmons, RE. 2009. Protecting Damara Terns Sterna balaenarum from recreational disturbance in the Namib Desert increases breeding density and overall success. Ostrich 80(2):71-75.
- Braby J, Roux J-P, Underhill LG and Simmons RE. 2008. The breeding success of the Damara Tern (Sterna balaenarum) in the restricted diamond mining area of southern Namibia. Oral presentation at 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress, Goudini Spa, South Africa, by J Braby.
- Braby J and Kesmen S. 2009. A 40-year comparison of seabirds and migrant Damara Terns Sterna balaenarum at beaches around Lagos, Nigeria. Submitted to Marine Ornithology.
- The breeding success of the Damara Tern (Sterna balaenarum) in the restricted diamond mining area of southern Namibia. Oral presentation at 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress, Goudini Spa, South Africa, by J Braby.
- The breeding success of the Damara Tern in the restricted diamond mining area of southern Namibia: aspects of diamond mining influences. Open talk to the public of Oranjemund, Namibia.
- Survey results and information after Lagos, Nigeria. Animal Demography Unit, UCT.
- The Biology and Conservation of the Damara Tern in Namibia. University of Antofagasta.
- The Biology and Conservation of the Damara Tern in Namibia: Conservation Measures. Mejillones. Invitation by Foundation Gaviotin Chico for presentation to sponsors, industry and scientists involved in the conservation of the Peruvian Tern.