Hi, my name is Amanda Adlam and I am a Zimbabwean. I am an avid outdoorsman and passionate scientist. I have recently completed my MSc in aquatic sciences, I lecture a fish course at the University of Pretoria and have won awards for my public presentations. I am happy to share my knowledge and findings with any interested parties, especially if it aids in conservation or aquacultural projects. I am also a very keen fisherman, and have represented my country in the sport many times. My particular passion is for catch-and-release sports angling.
I am beginning my PhD in Zoology, focusing on modelling climate change in river systems of southern Africa - something that has yet to be done in the scientific world! I will be using this, together with data collected in the field, to help predict important fish species distributions, which will help conservation, industry and the local communities who rely on these fish to survive.Climate change in southern Africa is set to be among the worst in the world, and the people here will be the most vulnerable. There are currently no experts in Zimbabwe studying climate change and ecology in rivers, which is sorely needed as the country needs the knowledge to be self- supporting when the effects of climate change are devastatingly apparent.
Because of the broad nature of my study which will involve fieldwork, buying software and equipment for modelling and laboratory work, as well as my tuition fees and accommodation (as I am doing my PhD away from home, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa), I am seeking extra funds to help me through the next three years. The economic climate in Zimbabwe is dire and the cash shortages are causing many issues and collapses of businesses and industry. There is also a lack of funding for science, especially in southern Africa.
I appreciate any help, big or small as every bit counts. Sharing and spreading the word is welcomed and appreciated too. Donors with a South African bank account can request my details. Please help me to achieve my dream!