C·I·B student awarded prestigious Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship

Savannah Nuwagaba

Savannah Nuwagaba

Savannah Nuwagaba has been awarded one of the prestigious Faculty for the Future Fellowships from the Schlumberger Foundation to support her PhD research in mathematical modelling of ecological systems.

The Schlumberger Foundation is an independent non-profit body supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The fellowships are awarded through the foundationís flagship programme the Faculty for the Future programme. Fellowships are awarded to talented women from developing countries and who are pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering at leading universities worldwide.

Savannah, who is from Uganda, completed a postgraduate diploma in mathematical sciences at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) before she joined Stellenbosch University to do her mastersí degree in mathematical sciences.

The fellowship will allow her to continue with her PhD degree at Stellenbosch University under the supervision of C·I·B core team member, Prof Cang Hui. Savannahís research focuses on co-evolutionary dynamics of complex adaptive networks. As human wellbeing relies largely on ecosystem health and services, her project seeks to understand both ecological (short term) and evolutionary (long term) processes that increase and protect biodiversity for maintaining ecosystem function and services.

Read more about Savannahís research:

Nuwagaba, S., Zhang, F. & Hui, C. (2015) A hybrid behavioural rule of adaptation and drift explains the emergent architecture of antagonistic networks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282: 20150320.

Hui, C., Minoarivelo, H.O., Nuwagaba, S. & Ramanantoanina, A. (2015) Adaptive diversification in coevolutionary systems. In: P. Pontarotti (ed.) Evolutionary Biology: Biodiversification from Genotype to Phenotype. Springer, Berlin.