Johan T. du Toit
PhD, Animal Ecology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1988
BS, Zoology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 1983
Ecology and conservation of large mammals in terrestrial ecosystems
Dr. du Toit's research interests are diverse, but he focuses mainly on the ecology of large animals in terrestrial ecosystems. His particular interests include interactions among species of different body size within trophic guilds, interactions between ungulates and their food plants, and differences in behavior, diet, and habitat use among sex and age classes within large mammal populations. Together with his students and postdocs, he investigates these topics by conducting field studies on indigenous ungulates and large predators in southern African savannas ans western American rangelands. An emerging theme of his research and publications is the conservation of terrestrial ecosystem processes through the fusion of science and management.