Sam Williams

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Venda


Sam Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in conservation ecology in the Department of Zoology, University of Venda. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, and an Independent Researcher at the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE).

His research interests include conservation ecology, wildlife management, and animal behaviour, with an emphasis on African carnivores. He has a particular focus on identifying and mitigating threats to wildlife, and assessing the ecosystem services provided by predators.


  • Carnivore conservation
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Animals in the Anthropocene


  • PhD in Biological Anthropology, 2012

    Durham University

  • MRes in Biological Sciences, 2004

    University of Manchester

  • BSc in Biology, 2003

    University of Manchester

Recent Publications

Illuminating movement? Nocturnal activity patterns in chacma baboons

Aalthough diurnal primates may periodically be active at night, there is limited evidence for strategic use of the nocturnal phase even …

Using road patrol data to identify factors associated with carnivore roadkill counts

We assessed the feasibility of using roadkill data collected daily between 2014 and 2017 by road patrol staff from a private road …

First records of Hyalomma rufipes and Ixodes neitzi (Acari - Ixodidae) found on large carnivores in South Africa

We identified a total of eight tick species belonging to six genera, and recorded Ixodes neitzi and Hyalomma rufipes on Panthera pardus …