Christopher Waspe

Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Unit & faculty: College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, School of Life Sciences

Research field: Ecological Network Analysis

Supervisors: Prof Ursula Scharler, UKZN (main supervisor); Prof Brian Fath, Towson University (Maryland, USA) & IIASA (co-supervisor)



Christopher is from Johannesburg. He completed his undergraduate BSc and BSc Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand; and his MSc in Applied Marine Science at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Over his master’s studies, he developed a fuller understanding of systems analysis and applying his knowledge and skills in understanding and managing complex ecological systems. Through practical experience, he learnt the benefits of integrated holistic thinking and the importance of interdisciplinary work. For his PhD at UKZN, he will develop software and a novel methodology to construct and assess complex flow systems such as food webs, and use this to model and analyse South African estuarine systems. He has developed, along with colleagues (Ruchit Mahabir and Ursula Scharler) the R package FlowCAr for this purpose and presented this work both globally and locally. Outside of his studies, Christopher enjoys travelling and various outdoor activities, from sport to hiking.