Ms Nadine Hassan

John Day Buiding, Room 3.20

Phone: 079 059 1888


Nadine was born in France where her love for nature probably started when she was raised by her grandparents in the countryside.

Initially, after high school, she had studied in the field of pharmacy but she quickly realized that she wasn’t made for it and decided to focus on biology. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in science in France and just after, she started her Masters (first year) in animal behavior. In order to achieve her dreams of travel and also to gain some experience, she went in South Africa in the beginning of 2015 to study caracal and leopard distribution on a reserve of the Limpopo province (Mogalakwena Research Centre). During that time, her passion for mammals, especially felines, and conservation increased. She decided to pursue her studies here and she just started this year her Msc degree in Biological sciences though the University of Cape Town.

Her project is part of the Karoo BioGaps project which will occurred in three states of South Africa: western, northern and eastern Cape. This project is designed to evaluate diversity of 11 representative taxonomic groups in areas targeted for shale gas exploitation and also to upgrade existing data about targeted taxa in South African museums. Her mission will be to assess diversity and characteristics of communities of the small mammals’ species.

In fact, this study aims to understand, if there is difference in diversity among habitats, species occupancy and habitat richness models.

Diversity of terrestrial small mammals at Karoo sites vulnerable to shale-gas exploration and other land uses (Supervisors: Gary Bronner and Justin O’Riain).