Department of Environmental Sciences

Dr K Slater

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Currently teaching

  • Animal Studies 1 (ANS101T)
  • Animal Studies 2 (ANS211S)
  • Conservation Management (CVM111Y)
  • Resource Management IVA (RMM451U)
  • Resource Management IVB (RMM461T)

Fields of academic interests

Research interests:

  • Primate Ecology    
  • Bat and Cave Ecology    
  • Large Mammal Behavioural Ecology

Supervision of student research:


  • Nina Viljoen - The Dispersal of seeds by the Cape Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) in the Cape Peninsula
  • Tsepho Laka - Determination of most effective pitfall trap design to catch trap door spiders
  • Leigh-Ann Kretzmann  - A baseline survey of butterflies on the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve
  • Landiwe Mashige - Assessment of bird mortalities at Zoo-lake
  • Konrad Muller - Diet analysis of brown hyaena on Shamwari Game Reserve
  • Given Mbara - Diatoms as indicators of water quality in the Kliprivier River Soweto (2008)  
  • Marius Renke - Lion census and monitoring using data obtained from regular sightings in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (2007)                                       
  • Kim Labuschagne - Environmental fluoride contamination and its uptake by antelope species at Nesca (2007)
  • Rohith Mohanlal - Assessment of population numbers of Ibis at a dump site in Morningside-KZN (2007)
  • David Powrie - Lion census using regular kill sightings on Welgevonden Game Reserve (2007)

 MSc (Research)  

  • Robert Karrssing - The effects of trout on ghost frog populations in the Drakensberg mountains (Supervisor)
  • Herman Jordaan  - The behavioural ecology of white rhino on Willem Pretorius Game Reserve (Co-supervisor)
  • Adelene Wilma Loock - A feasibility study to ascertain whether to retain two troops of vervet monkeys in an urban residential area of Pretoria (2004, University of the Free State; Co-supervisor)



Registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as an Ecological and Zoological Scientist


  • South African Wildlife Management Association (SAWMA)
  • Primate Ecology and Genetics (PEGG) (founder member)
  • FGASA (Fields Guide Association of Southern Africa)
  • Botanical Society of South Africa (BotSoc)
  • International Primate Society (IPS)
  • Friends of Kloofendal Nature Reserve (FROK)

Community Service:

  • Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) assessor and Gauteng Regional committee member
  • Friends of Kloofendal Nature Reserve committee