Who We Are

Christy Bragg

Christy’s expertise lies in conservation and biodiversity, community use of resources awareness raising, – Conservation issues, including environmental policy, community involvement in natural resource protection and sustainable use, in-depth knowledge of freshwater resources, terrestrial ecology, and concepts and issues in biodiversity conservation. Christy’s expertise lies in conservation and biodiversity, community use of resources and awareness raising. Conservation issues, including environmental policy, community involvement in natural resource protection and sustainable use, in-depth knowledge of freshwater resources, terrestrial ecology, and concepts and issues in biodiversity conservation

Christy is a Cum Laude graduate of the renowned Masters in Science Conservation Biology degree from the University of Cape Town. She is also studying for her PhD in porcupine ecology and is adept at giving presentations to all sectors of society, and strongly believes in the value of raising awareness.

Christy has worked in various projects involving water use, sustainable development and conservation. She worked as part of NBL Partners to propose alternative ways to develop the local community in the Tankwa Karoo. She has done floral and fauna research in Bushmanland, the Succulent Karoo and Nama-Karoo, and has an extensive knowledge of the local mammals and vegetation of these areas.

Professional experience

Experienced in Researching and Implementing Alternative Livelihood options in disadvantaged communities.
Strong research background and a diverse array of skills in Conservation Biology. environmental education.
Resource economics, social ecology, disturbance ecology, community involvement in conservation, decision analysis, conflict resolution and biodiversity mapping.
Extensive experience in GIS spatial analysis
In-depth knowledge of various software packages, such as ArcView, Statistica, multivariate statistical ordination packages, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and several graphics packages.

Publications:

Bragg, C.J., Donaldson, J.S. & Ryan, P.G. (2005). Density of Cape porcupines in a semi-arid environment and their impact on soil turnover and related ecosystem processes. Journal of Arid Environments

Bragg C.J., Donaldson, J.S. & Ryan, P.G. (In preparation). Implications of porcupine foraging behaviour in a hotspot of geophyte diversity and endemicity: do geophyte traits influence porcupine diet preference?

Bragg, C.J. & Lovegrove, B.G. (In preparation). Energy use and torpor incidence in the smallest African desert rodent.

Bragg C. Porcupines: Sharp Ecosystem Engineers. Farmers Weekly, 30 January 2004 pp 34-35.

Bragg, C. The prickly pig. Pest or plant promoter. Africa Geographic May 2004 pp 44 – 49.

NBL Partners. 2005. Final Report. Review & pre-feasibility study of projects and proposals to facilitate land reform and empowerment in the Tankwa-karoo region, Western Cape province and Northern Cape provinces, South Africa. Client: Cape Winelands District Municipality.