BSc, MSc, PhD
Nikki is a marine ecologist with a background in seagrass and estuarine ecology. As a researcher, Nikki applies her passion for biodiversity and an interdisciplinary approach when working at the interface of biodiversity and business. Nikki is particularly interested in renewable energy and development projects in emerging markets.
During her postdoctoral fellowship, she managed a project exploring the use of cutting-edge molecular metabarcoding techniques to evaluate and monitor biodiversity in one of the largest estuarine systems in South Africa. Nikki has been involved in organising regional capacity building workshops among conservation managers and academics. In addition, she also has experience mentoring students and presenting research to diverse audiences at international conferences.
Nikki’s PhD centred around a southern African seagrass, which is both an important ecosystem service provider and under threat due to human and climate related pressures. Here she looked at the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive potential of this species with a focus on management for the conservation of ecosystem functioning.