About Lauren De Vos

I figured out early on that two things would dictate how I lived my life. I love to learn, and I’d be absolutely delighted if I never had to be indoors again. My parents and professors managed to curb the latter tendency long enough for me to complete my MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (an academic path that actively encouraged my tree-climbing tendencies!). My research has placed me in unique situations – scaling termite mounds in the Kruger National Park, hurtling after chacma baboons up Cape mountains, spending salt-encrusted days at sea, facing stand-offs with buffaloes in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal and spending afternoons submerged in the Mutale River’s crocodilian waters … mine is a life lived in love with Africa’s wildest spaces. I am currently an assistant researcher at UCT’s Marine Research Institute, conducting the first underwater camera survey of False Bay. A deep reverence for our natural world keeps me driven to find conservation solutions. 'll be sharing my research and experiences with you on a regular basis. Look out for me – I'm the one surrounded by sea!
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Falling for False Bay

Getting to know your study subject is a touchy subject in science… The very word ‘anthropomorphising’ will send shudders of horror down the spine of many an objective, pipette-toting lover of all that is rational and measurable. Staying immune, however, is often easier said than done. Take for instance Dr Jane Goodall, a scientist who …

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Sharing the Wonder of the Sea

I can’t quite remember exactly when it was that I came to fall in love with our oceans. Rather than experiencing a lightning-bolt flash of recognition, a moment where I thought, ‘This is where I want to be. This is what I want to do with my life,’ the ocean has been a loyal but …

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Safari in Your Garden

When it comes to exploring our natural world, I’ve found that cameras give us clues in the sea … and on land. Forget the humble birdfeeder – remote camera traps can give a new perspective on urban wildlife. The teaspoon on the counter clatters into the sink, its metallic twang startling me into wakefulness. ‘Shhh!’ …

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A Sunburnt Scientist

Lauren De Vos abandoned the land-locked Highveld to pursue a career exploring South Africa’s seas. It’s proving to be quite a journey. She shares its surfaces and depths. It’s quite a distance from the dusty Highveld of my childhood to the emergence of a research career in the stormy seas that make the Cape coast …

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