Academic publications

Loock, D.J.E., Williams, S.T., Emslie, K.W., Matthews, W.S., Swanepoel, L.H. (2018) High carnivore population density highlights the conservation value of industrialised sites. Scientific Reports 8, 1-9. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34936-0. Download pdf.

Parchizadeh, J., Shilling, F., Gatta, M., Bencini, R., Qashqaei, A.T., Adibi, M.A., Williams, S.T. (2018) Roads threaten Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. Current Biology 28: R1141–R1142. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.005. Download pdf.

Baauw A.H., Heyne H., Williams K.S., Hill R.A.., Heitkönig I.M.A., Williams, S.T. (2018) First records of Hyalomma rufipes and Ixodes neitzi (Acari: Ixodidae) found on large carnivores in South Africa. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.08.011. Download pdf. 

Williams. K.S., Williams S.T., Fitzgerald L.E., Sheppard E.C., Hill R.A. (2018) Brown hyaena and leopard diets on private land in the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/aje.12539. Download pdf.

Williams S.T., Maree N., Taylor P., Belmain S.R., Keith M., Swanepoel L.H. (2018) Camera trap and questionnaire dataset on ecosystem services provided by small carnivores in agro-ecosystems in South Africa. Data in Brief 18: 753–759. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.03.071. Download pdf.

Parchizadeh, J., Gatta, M., Bencini, R., Adibi, M., Williams, S.T. (2018). Urgent action required to conserve the Critically Endangered Asiatic cheetah Acinonyx jubatus venaticus. Oryx 52 (2): 211-212. doi:10.1017/S0030605318000108. Download pdf.

Parchizadeh J. and Williams S.T. (2018) Waterbirds targeted in Iran’s wetlands. Science 359 (6378): 877–878. doi: 10.1126/science.aar8560. Download pdf. 

Williams S.T., Maree N., Taylor P., Belmain S.R., Keith M., Swanepoel L.H. (2018) Predation by small mammalian carnivores in rural agro-ecosystems: An undervalued ecosystem service? Ecosystem Services 30: 362-371. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.12.006Download pdf. 

Parchizadeh, J. and Williams, S.T. (2017) Save Iran’s cheetah from extinction. Nature 552 (7683): 31. doi: 10.1038/d41586-017-08183-8. Download pdf.

Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Lewis, B.P., Hill, R.A. (2017) Population dynamics and threats to an apex predator outside protected areas: implications for carnivore management. Royal Society Open Science 4. doi: 10.1098/rsos.161090. Download pdf.

Pitman, R.T., Fattebert, J., Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Hill, R.A., Hunter, L.T.B., Robinson, H., Power, J., Swanepoel, L., Slotow, R., Balme, G.A. (2017), Cats, connectivity and conservation: incorporating datasets and integrating scales for wildlife management. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 1687-1698. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12851Download pdf.

Pitman, R., Fattebert, J., Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Hill, R., Hunter, L., Slotow, R., Balme, G. (2017) The conservation costs of game ranching. Conservation Letters 10 (4): 403-413. doi: 10.1111/conl.12276Download pdf.

Swanepoel, L.H., Balme, G., Williams, S., Power, R.J., Snyman, A., Gaigher, I., Senekal, C., Martins, Q., Child, M. (2017) A Conservation Assessment of Panthera pardus. In: M.F. Child, L.R., D. Raimondo, E. Do Linh San, J. Selier, and H. Davies-Mostert (eds), The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, Johannesburg. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.573259Download pdf.

Ehlers-Smith, Y., Williams, S., Relton, C., Child, M.F. (2017) A Conservation Assessment of Cephalophus natalensis. In: M.F. Child, L.R., D. Raimondo, E. Do Linh San, J. Selier, and H. Davies-Mostert (eds), The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust Johannesburg. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.809075. Download pdf.

Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Joubert, C.J., Hill, R.A. (2016) The impact of land reform on the status of large carnivores in Zimbabwe. PeerJ 4, e1537. doi: 10.7717/peerj.1537Download pdf.

Williams, S.T. (2011) The impact of land reform in Zimbabwe on the conservation of cheetahs and other large carnivores. PhD thesis, Durham University. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.21001Download pdf.

Nyoni, W. and Williams, S. (2008) Living With Predators: A Farmer's Guide. Marwell Zimbabwe Trust, Bulawayo. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4660.0722Download pdf.

Williams, S. (2007) Status of the cheetah in Zimbabwe. Cat News: Status and Conservation Needs of Cheetahs in Southern Africa Special Issue 3:32–36. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.158911Download pdf.

Purchase, G., Marker, L., Marnewick, K., Klein, R., Williams, S. (2007) Regional assessment of the status, distribution and conservation needs of cheetahs in southern Africa. Cat News: Status and Conservation Needs of Cheetahs in Southern Africa Special Issue 3:44–46. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.158912Download pdf.

 

Preprints

Williams, S.T., Collinson, W., Patterson-Abrolat, C., Marneweck, D.G., Swanepoel, L.H. (2018) Using road patrol data to identify factors associated with carnivore roadkill counts. PeerJ Preprints 6: e27114v1. doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.27114Download pdf.

Loock, D.J.E., Williams, S.T., Emslie, K.W., Matthews, W.S., Swanepoel, L.H. (2018) High carnivore population density highlights the conservation value of industrialised sites. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/260729. Download pdf.

Parchizadeh, J., Gatta, M., Bencini, R., Qashqaei, A.T.,  Adibi, M.A., Williams, S.T. (2017) Iran's roads: mitigating the most serious threat to the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah Acinonyx jubatus venaticus. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/230581. Download pdf. 

 

Recent conference papers & posters

Williams, S.T. (2017) Carnivores in the Anthropocene. Zoology Colloquium, University of Venda, Thohoyandou. View presentation.

Williams, S.T., Maree, N., Taylor, P., Belmain, S.R., Keith, M., Swanepoel, L.H. (2017) Predation by small mammalian carnivores in rural agro-ecosystems: An undervalued ecosystem service? Southern African Wildlife Management Association Symposium, Rawsonville. View presentation.

Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Joubert, C.J., Hill, R.A. (2016) Reconciling wildlife conservation and land reform. Mammal research in southern Africa: a blueprint for the next two decades. Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria. Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa. View abstract.

Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Hill, R.A. (2016) Population density trends and threats to leopards outside protected areas. Proceedings of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association Symposium. Tzaneen, South Africa. View abstract.

Williams, K.S., Williams, S.T., Sheppard, E., Fitzgerald, L., Cilliers, N., Bell, S., Hill, R.A. (2016) Brown hyaena diet and social perceptions indicate a need for intra-guild protection. Mammal research in southern Africa: a blueprint for the next two decades. Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria. Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

 

Popular articles

I have written a number of articles for the general public that appeared in local newspapers, websites, and magazines. Here is a selection of some of the articles that are available online from outlets such as The ConversationAfrica GeographicBiosphere, Phys.org and Capeia.

Williams, S. (2018) Ghostly cats and felids in the snow: Meet the Asiatic and Saharan cheetah subspecies. Capeia 20180620.011. Available from https://beta.capeia.com/zoology/2018/06/20/ghostly-cats-and-felids-in-the-snow-meet-the-asiatic-and-saharan-cheetah-subspecies. Published 20 June 2018.

Williams, S. (2018) Carnivores in the Anthropocene: Searching for silver linings. Capeia. Available from https://beta.capeia.com/zoology/2018/04/06/carnivores-in-the-anthropocene-searching-for-silver-linings. Published 6 April 2018. 

Williams, S., Swanepoel, L., and Belmain, S. (2018) From foe to friend: how carnivores could help farmers. The Conversation. Available from http://theconversation.com/from-foe-to-friend-how-carnivores-could-help-farmers-92190. Published 5 March 5 2018.

Williams, S. (2017) Counting cats. Biosphere 27, 54-61. Available from http://www.biosphereonline.com/magazine/issue-27/. Published 2nd August 2017.

Williams, S. (2017) How badly implemented land reform can affect wildlife: a Zimbabwean case study. The Conversation. Available from https://theconversation.com/how-badly-implemented-land-reform-can-affect-wildlife-a-zimbabwean-case-study-79282. Published 28 June 2017.

Williams, S. (2017) Leopards need maximum protection: this includes suspending trophy hunting. The Conversation. Available from https://theconversation.com/leopards-need-maximum-protection-this-includes-suspending-trophy-hunting-76228. Published 19 April 2017.

Williams, S. (2016) Carnivores in decline due to land reform. Africa Geographic. Available from http://africageographic.com/blog/carnivores-decline-due-land-reform/. Published 15 Feb 2016. 

Williams, S. (2016) Land reform disastrous for wildlife. The Zimbabwean. Available from http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2016/02/land-reform-disastrous-for-wildlife/. Published 09 Feb 2016.

 

In the media

My research has been covered by outlets such as The Guardian (here and here), The Independent, Daily Express, The Daily Mail, International Business TimesAFP, Mongabay, Africa Geographic, Phys.org, and Science. I have also worked with television and radio studios including the BBC, RTL, RSG and 50|50.