Department of Environmental Sciences

Dr WM Strauss

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 011 471 2163


  • Animal ecology
  • Conservation physiology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Wildlife management


  • PhD (Conservation Physiology), University of the Witwatersrand
  • MSc (Wildlife Management), University of Pretoria
  • BSc Honours (Wildlife Management), University of Pretoria
  • BSc (Biological Sciences), University of Johannesburg

Currently teaching

Diploma in Nature Conservation

  • Conservation Resource Management III (CVM3701)

Postgraduate Diploma in Nature Conservation

  • Conservation in the face of climate change (NAT4805) 

Postgraduate students currently under my supervision

  • Ms J. Zemouche: Trophic ecology of rusty-spotted genet (Genetta maculata) and slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) in Telperion Nature Reserve, with a focus on dietary segregation as a possible mechanism of coexistence. (MSc, co-supervised with Dr K. Madikiza, Wits University, and Prof. E. Do Linh San, University of Fort Hare).
  • Mr G. Knight: Adaptive sampling for estimating population variables of rare antelope in Kruger National Park. (MSc, co-supervised by Ms A Wilson; in collaboration with Dr S. Ferreira, SANParks).
  • Mr K. Muller: The behavioural ecology of brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea) in Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Province. (MSc, co-supervised with Dr. K. Slater and Prof. D. Parker, University of Mpumalanga).
  • Ms C. Kruger: Feeding and spatial ecology of brown hyaena Hyaena brunnea (Thunberg, 1820) on Mogale’s Gate Biodiversity Centre, Gauteng Province. (MSc, co supervised with Dr. K. Slater).
  • Ms R. Roux: Spatio-temporal ecology of the rusty-spotted genet, Genetta maculata, on Telperion Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa (MSc, co-supervised with Prof. E. do Linh San, Fort Hare). Under examination

Postgraduate students recently completed (2015)

  • Ms M. F. Blanco Pérez: Is sharing caring? Springhare burrow use by carnivores, birds and rodents (MRes, Imperial College, London) co-supervised with Prof. M.J. Somers (University of Pretoria).

Field of Specialisation

  • Conservation Physiology
  • Animal ecology
  • Wildlife Management

Journal articles