2020 African Graduate Student Research Fund Award - Zabibu Kabalika

Zabibu Kabalika is pursuing a Ph.D. in movement ecology in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom). Movement forms a fundamental aspect of life of every living organism, and understanding extents and patterns of movement is key to most biological questions. However, its quantification across individuals and populations has always remained methodologically challenging, especially in retrospective situations where live animals can no longer be tracked. Zabibu is using stable-isotope signatures in tail hair to study movement patterns of African ungulates across protected areas in her home country of Tanzania in order to better understand connectivity and its stability since colonial times.