Maggie Swift

As an ecology PhD candidate at Duke University, I use mathematical modeling and satellite remote sensing to investigate how species interactions and water resources affect animal movement in southern African savannas.  On my personal site ( ), you can read about my dissertation chapters on rare antelope populations in South Africa  and water-driven elephant movements in Namibia , or check out my TED-style talk  for an approachable summary of the Namibia project.

Beyond science, I'm involved in several science outreach  projects; write data science tutorials  and short fiction  for fun; advocate for better land acknowledgement  practices; and am an amateur wildlife photographer . I've found a home in the Clark Lab  & the Alberts Lab  in Durham, NC for the next few years.

Current Research Interests

savanna ecology, herbivore resource selection, landscape ecology, interspecific interactions, mathematical modeling, remote sensing

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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