Dr Christopher O'Kane MB, BChir, MA, MSc, DPhil

Christopher O'Kane
Department of Zoology
College office: 
Kadas Research Fellow

After reading Medicine and History of Art at Cambridge, I practised medicine in The Household Cavalry for 13 years. Coming to the field of Conservation Biology later in life, I gained a MSc from Natal University, South Africa, in 2006 for my work on habitat selection and demographics of large mammalian herbivores in Ithala Game Reserve, South Africa.

Research interests: 

From 2006 to 2010, I researched elephant and other large mammalian browsers/mixed-feeders in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa, investigating how these species influence savanna woodland dynamics over the long-term, and the implications this has for managing elephants – especially in the context of increasing calls for elephants to be culled in parts of South Africa. Based at WildCRU since 2006, I gained my DPhil in 2012. Holding the Kadas Research Fellowship, I am now continuing my work on African ungulates, including elephant, and their impact on ecosystem processes.

Research group: WildCRU

Selected publications: 

 O’KANE, CAJ, & MACDONALD, D.W. 2018  Seasonal influences on ungulate movement within a fenced South African reserve. Journal of Tropical Ecology.

For further publications, see the departmental website.