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