Roxane Francis
Postgraduate Research Student

Roxane Francis

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Interactions between large herbivores, colonial waterbirds and flooding – implications for managing one of the worlds most diverse free-flowing river systems.

We aim to determine the relationship between colonial waterbird breeding, large herbivore distribution and river flows in the Chobe River and Okavango Delta (World Heritage Site), Botswana. The key focus for this project is to identify indicators of river sustainability, using waterbird breeding data to guide long-term management of these iconic river systems, and to encourage the continued commitment to the preservation of these wetlands as areas of international importance. This will allow assessments of likely future changes to river flows and flooding as a result of upstream changes (e.g. water resource development) and effects of climate change.


Level 5 EastBiological Sciences South (E26)UNSW, Kensington 2052


  • Journal articles | 2021
    Francis RJ; Kingsford RT; Murray-Hudson M; Brandis KJ, 2021, 'Urban waste no replacement for natural foods - Marabou storks in Botswana', Journal of Urban Ecology, vol. 7,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Francis RJ; Lyons MB; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2020, 'Counting mixed breeding aggregations of animal species using drones: Lessons from waterbirds on semi-automation', Remote Sensing, vol. 12, pp. 1185 - 1185,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; Kingsford RT; Callaghan CT, 2020, 'Quantifying bird diversity at three sites of differing herbivore presence', Journal of Ornithology, vol. 161, pp. 1117 - 1127,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Francis R; Bino G; Inman V; Brandis K; Kingsford RT, 2021, 'The Okavango Delta's waterbirds – Trends and threatening processes', Global Ecology and Conservation, vol. 30, pp. e01763 - e01763,


Winner of the BEES UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Showcase                           2020


Centre for Ecosystem Science Postgraduate Grant               2019                                         

Taronga Conservation Society Field Conservation Grants      2017   

IDEA WILD Field Equipment Grant                                       2014