Education
2015 - 2019 (May)
Liverpool John Moores University, UK; PhD, Zoology *
Thesis
Supervisors

Mechanisms facilitating coexistence between leopards (Panthera pardus) and their competitors in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Dr. Carlo Meloro; Professor Serge Wich; & Professor Matt Hayward

* with two years field-work in Botswana.

2015 - 2019 (May)
Durham University, UK; MscR, Biological Sciences *
Thesis
Supervisors

Risk-driven behaviour in the African leopard (Panthera pardus) to lion (Panthera leo) presence
 

Dr. Philip Stephens; & Dr. Shane Richards

* with five months field-work in Botswana

2015 - 2019 (May)
University of Edinburgh, UK; BSc (Hons), Biological Sciences
Thesis
Supervisors

Sperm Competition in a bruchid beetle (Callosobruchus          maculatus)
 

Dr. Emma Cunningham

 
Teaching Experience
2018 - present
Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Provide lectures, tutorials, and practical labs to classes of (8-20) level six students for a range of topics including, advanced studies in biological sciences, ecology, environmental science, and research methods in the sciences.  Responsible for programme administration.

2018-2019
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Facilitated and demonstrated in a range of practical classes for undergraduate modules, including: ‘Advances in Animal Behaviour’, ‘Introduction to Research Methods in the Sciences’; and ‘Brain, Hormones, and Behaviour.’

2016-2018
Research Supervisor, Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, Botswana

Trained and supervised research interns, working at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust on research experience placements, and research assistants. Provided training on field techniques, R statistical software, GIS, and camp management.

 
Other Research Experience
Carnivore Conservancy
Australia
2018
Primate & Predator Project
South Africa
2014 & 2013
BPCT
Botswana
2013
Operation Wallacea
South Africa
2009
 
Publications
2019
Tourist photographs as a scalable framework for wildlife monitoring

Rafiq, K., Bryce C.M., Rich, L.N., Coco, C., Miller, D.A.W., McNutt, J.W., and Hayward, M.W.

Current Biology (In press)

2019
OpenDropOff: an open-source, low-cost drop-off unit for animal borne devices

​​Rafiq, K. Appleby, R.G, Edgar, J.P., Jordan, N.R., Dexter, C.E., Jones, D.N., Blacker, A.R.F, and Cochrane, M.   

Methods in Ecology and Evolution

2019
Do mammals have a world wide web of interspecific signals?

Apps, P., Rafiq, K. and McNutt, J.W.

Chemical Signals in Vertebrates (In press)

2018
Movement patterns and athletic performance of leopards in the Okavango Delta

Hubel, T.Y., Golabek, K.A., Rafiq, K., McNutt, J.W. and Wilson, A.W.

Proc. R. Soc. B. Vol. 285

2018
Camera trap records of groups of ten and eleven honey badgers Mellivora capensis in northern Botswana

Apps, P., Rafiq, K. and McNutt, J.W.

Small Carnivore Conservation, Vol.56, pp. 9-11

 
Presentations
2019
Research seminar, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Internal speaker: Citizen-science on safari: a scalable framework for wildlife monitoring

2018
9th European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Oral presentation: Optimal scent marking placements of the African leopard

2018
Research seminar, Newcastle University, Australia

External speaker: Citizen-science on safari: a scalable framework for wildlife monitoring

2018
Research seminar, Western Plains Taronga Zoo (+ filmed for Sydney Zoo), Australia 

External speaker: Citizen-science on safari: a scalable framework for wildlife monitoring

2018
Research seminar, University New South Wales, Australia

External speaker: Citizen-science on safari: a scalable framework for wildlife monitoring

2017
Postgraduate Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Poster: Can tourist photographs be used to estimate African carnivore densities?

2016
American Society of Mammologists 96th Annual meeting, University of Minnesota, US

Poster: Leopard risk driven avoidance of lions: hide and seek in the African bush

2016
Postgraduate Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Poster: Leopard risk driven avoidance of lions: hide and seek in the African bush

2015
Exemplary Science in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, UK

Poster: Avoidance and attraction between the African leopard and lion 

2015
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Easter Conference, University of Durham, UK

Poster: Avoidance and attraction between the African leopard and lion 

 
Public engagement
2018
Maun Community Research Talks, Maun, Botswana

Invited as a speaker to present research outputs to interested individuals from the wildlife safari sector, the wider public, and other researchers.  These talks led to a national safari organisation approaching me to ask for assistance in setting up a wildlife monitoring program using their guides and tourists.

2017 - 2018
Conservation Outreach Talks, Santawani Lodge, Botswana

Developed a collaboration with Wilderness Safaris’ Santawani Lodge to deliver outreach talks to lodge guests and guides.  Coordinated the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust’s Santawani outreach activities, including presentation development and activity schedule management, and gave > 20 outreach talks.

2016
Careers in Conservation Open Day, LJMU, UK

Invited as a guest speaker to speak with senior undergraduate students on the wildlife conservation career paths available to STEM graduates and the routes to employment/study.  Asked to return in successive years, but was unable to do so because of PhD fieldwork.

2015
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Maths Ambassador, UK

Engaged with secondary school students on available careers within STEM subjects, specifically within the fields of biological sciences.  Used my background in wildlife ecology and conservation to inspire students on the value of STEM subjects in today’s society.

Scholarships and funding awards
 
 
Other key skills, qualifications, and experience
Microsoft Office Packages
R Statistical Software
QGIS Software
Outdoor first aid 

Surveyed local vegetation and assessed bird diversity as a bio-indicator for elephant damage in Kruger National Park.

Organising academic events
Peer-reviewer
Managing research camps
Project and budget reporting
 
About Me

Hi! I am a postdoctoral Fulbright researcher at UC Santa Cruz, and currently affiliated with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust.  My research interests are around wildlife ecology, conservation, and technology; and my work has mainly focused on African carnivores.

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Photo by Louise Johns.  www.louisejohnsphoto.com

Note, that unless otherwise stated, images on this site are either free-use images from unsplash.com or are images taken by the site's creator (Kasim Rafiq) 

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