2019 African Graduate Student Research Fund Award - Kiara Avelyen Haylock

Kiara Avelyen Haylock is a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) investigating the responses of free-ranging sable antelope (Hippotragus niger niger) to stressful environmental conditions in the Kavango Zambezi (KaZa) Transfrontier Conservation Area. Kiara is collecting a comprehensive ecophysiological dataset detailing how a rare, specialist antelope species alters its movements, behavior, and physiology in response to high heat load, aridity, and resource stress. The outcomes of her research will ultimately contribute to the improved conservation and management of not only a rare African antelope species but specialist species in general, particularly in the face of climate change.