Katelyn T. Faulkner


I completed a B.Sc. degree in Zoology and Geography in 2007 and a B.Sc. Honours degree in Marine Biology in 2008 at Rhodes University. Following my Honours degree, I worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London, where I aided with research into the effects of climate change on the biodiversity and functional ecology of southern England grassland communities. In 2012 I completed a M.Sc. at Stellenbosch University, in which I evaluated the ability of temperate and sub-Antarctic marine crustaceans to withstand and respond to rapid and gradual increases in temperature. In 2016 I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria, in which I assessed the pathways of introduction for alien species in South Africa and identified species, pathways and sites that should be targeted to prevent introductions that could lead to biological invasions. I am currently undertaking Post-doctoral research at the University of Pretoria.

Current research

My research focuses on assessing how alien species are being moved around the world, the identification of potential invaders before they are introduced, and predicting where future biological invasions could occur and have an impact. While this research has largely focused on South Africa and other developing regions, I have undertaken analyses at a number of spatial scales including regional and global scales. Through my research I aim to inform the allocation of limited resources to prevent the introduction of alien species that are likely to cause harm to ecological or socio-economic systems.