About Me

Hi, ​

I am a researcher in wildlife ecology and conservation, with most of my research focus, to date, being on large African carnivores.  

I am a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar affiliated with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and UC Santa Cruz.  Most of my research to date has taken place in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust's long-running field camp, Wild Dog Camp.

Previously, I have worked on a range of species and topics, from looking at sperm competition in bean beetles to working with primates in the mountains of South Africa to studying leopards in the woodlands of Botswana.  Most of the work I am doing now is focused around leopard ecology and conservation, and has typically used some sort of interesting wildlife technology. 


My Fulbright fellowship will take place at UC Santa Cruz, with the Wilmers' lab, and will follow on from a project developed during my PhD, looking at using tourist photographs for wildlife monitoring.  

More information can be found in the 'Research' section of this site. 

Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any questions, ideas for future work, or for potential collaborations, please feel free to contact me at  kasim.rafiq 'at' hotmail.co.uk or reach out to me on Twitter at @Kasim21.


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Top and bottom photos by Louise Johns.  www.louisejohnsphoto.com