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:
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.