Werner G. Dörgeloh

Werner Dörgeloh is the founder and director of Eko Tracks, a tour company based in Cary, North Carolina. Raised as a German speaking Namibian, he is fluent in English and Afrikaans. He studied zoology and wildlife management in South Africa and obtained his PhD from the University of Pretoria. In addition, Dr Dörgeloh has many years of experience in tertiary teaching, research and field work in African savannas, wildlife ecology, conservation and natural resources.

Currently, Dr Dörgeloh is an adjunct professor at a university in North Carolina where he teaches wildlife conservation and natural resource management and since 2005, has successfully led groups of students on study abroad programs to southern Africa.

His passion for Africa inspired him to found Eko Tracks which offers guided eco- and adventure tours. His familiarity with southern Africa, combined with an extensive knowledge of wildlife, conservation and the natural history, offers clients a valuable and enlightening adventure. Dr Dörgeloh also frequently presents lectures on a variety of topics to various groups and organizations.

Shortened Resume

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD (Wildlife Management) 1998. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • MSc (Zoology) 1986. University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • BSc (Hons.) (Zoology) 1982. University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • BSc (Zoology, Physiology) 1977. Potchefstroom University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE 

Professional experience

After completing his BSc, he worked as a hydrological technician at the Dept. of Water Affairs in Namibia. This work required extensive travel to every corner of Namibia. He then continued his studies in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to obtain a BSc Hons. After his studies, he was offered a position as a research officer at the Directorate of Nature Conservation in Bloemfontein. In that time he conducted field research on fisheries and obtained his MSc. He later worked for Technikon SA, South Africa in a research and teaching capacity for 14 years, during which time he obtained his PhD. His research focused on the ecology of various antelope species and also included research on game birds and rangeland management.

Since 2002 Dr Dörgeloh lives in the USA and teaches at NC State University.

Travel experience

Adventure Travel Specialist, September 25, 2007. Adventure Council Adventure Travel Specialist Designation Program in June 2007.

Travelled extensively in Namibia where I was born and raised, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Europe (Holland, Germany, Spain), Canada, and 31 states in the USA.

Languages: Fluent in English, German and Afrikaans (South African). Understand and read Dutch.

ANNEXURE

Professional Development

  • Adventure Travel Specialist, September 25, 2007. Adventure Council Adventure Travel Specialist Designation Program in June 2007.
  • Stream restoration. March 22 – 24 and April 19 – 21, 2005. Offered by the North Carolina Stream Restoration Institute, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.
  • FastTrac Planning. July, 23, 2004. Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC.
  • FastTrac New Venture. May 15, 2004. Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC.
  • Immobilization and tranquillization of game. September 1993. Cape Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Ecological Summer School. December 1989, Saasveld College, George, South Africa.

PUBLICATIONS

Research Articles

  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 2006. Habitat suitability for tsessebe Damaliscus lunatus lunatus.  Afr. J. Ecol.44(3): 329-336.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 2005. Density estimates of francolin in a Sporobolus ioclados – Acacia tortilis Savanna using distance sampling.  S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res. 35(1): 89-94.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 2001. Relationship between distribution of kudu and woody plant structure.  S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res. 31(3&4): 85-91.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 2000. Relative densities and habitat utilization of non-utilized, terrestrial gamebird populations in a natural savanna, South Africa.  Afr. J. Ecol. 38(1): 31-37.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1999. Diversity of the herbaceous layer in Mixed Bushveld.  J. Range Manage.   52(5): 519-524. Dörgeloh, W.G. 1999. Chemical quality of the burnt and non-burnt grass layer in the Nylsvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa.  Afr. J. Ecol. 37(2):168-179.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1999. Assessment of veld conditions with multivariate techniques in mixed bushveld, South Africa.  Afr. J. Ecol. 37(2): 194-201.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1998. Habitat selection of a roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) population in mixed bushveld, South Africa. S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res. 37(2): 194-201.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G., Van Hoven, W. & Rethman, N.F.G. 1998. Faecal analysis as an indicator of the nutritional status of the diet of roan antelope in South Africa. S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res. 28(1): 16-21.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1997. Estimating sample size for a small-quadrat method of botanical survey for application in Mixed Bushveld. Afr. J. Range For. Scien. 14(3): 87-89.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G., Van Hoven, W. & Rethman, N.F.G. 1996. Population growth of roan antelope under different management systems. S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res. 26(4): 113-116.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1995. Fish distribution in relation to turbidity gradients in a man-made lake,  Sterkfontein Dam (South Africa). Water SA. 21(1): 95-99.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1994. Diet and food selection of Barbus aeneus, Clarias gariepinus and  Oncorhynchus mykiss in a clear man-made lake, South Africa. Water SA. 20(1): 91-98.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G.; Seaman, M.T. & Gaigher, I.G. 1993. The physical and chemical limnology of Sterkfontein Dam, Eastern Orange Free State, South Africa. Water SA. 19(3): 177-184.

Research Notes

  • Dörgeloh,W.G. 2002. Calibrating a disc pasture meter to estimate above-ground standing biomass in Mixed Bushveld, South Africa. Afr. J. Ecol. 40(1): 100-102.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 2001. A draft habitat suitability model for roan antelope in the Nylsvley Nature Reserve, South Africa. Afr. J. Ecol. 39(3): 313-316.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1998. A comparison of tree density and canopy cover between different  plant communities in Mixed Bushveld, Northern Province. S. Afr. J. Bot. 64(1): 86-87.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1996. Food overlap between the alien Oncorhynchus mykiss and the  indigenous fish species Barbus aeneus and Clarias gariepinus in a man-made lake, South  Africa. Water SA22(1): 79-83
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1987. Fish species in Sterkfontein Dam, Tugela-Vaal system, South Africa. J. Limnol. Soc. sth. Afr. 13(1): 48-49.
  • Research report Dörgeloh, W.G. 2003. Investigating Cape Mountain zebra Equus zebra zebra population dynamics through stochastic simulations. Report submitted to South African National Parks.

CONFERENCES

Presentations

Papers

  • Malan, A.S. & Dörgeloh, W.G. 2001. A habitat model for rock hyrax in the western Magaliesberg mountain range. South African Wildlife Management Association Conference. New techniques & methods in wildlife management. October 3-4. University of Pretoria. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1999. Managing small populations with the aid of computer-based modelling techniques. South African Wildlife Management Association Symposium. Wildlife management in the new millennium: Is a new direction necessary? September 20-21. George, South Africa.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1999. Faecal analysis as an indicator of the nutritional status of the diet of roan antelope. 2nd International Wildlife Management Congress. Wildlife, land, and people: priorities for the 21st century. June 28 – July 02. Gödöllö, Hungary.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1996. Growth, sustainable yield and management of roan antelope populations under different management systems. South African Wildlife Management Association Symposium. Wildlife utilization and management. April 09-11. University of Cape Town. Cape Town, South Africa.

Posters

  • Dörgeloh, W.G., Boyce, M.S & Andersen, M.C. 2001. Demography and simulated trend of a Cape mountain zebra population. The Wildlife Society 8th Annual Conference. Excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. September 25-29. Reno, NV, USA.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 2000. Calibrating a disc pasture meter to estimate above-ground standing crop in the Nylsvley Nature Reserve. South African Academy for Science and Art symposium. September 14. Technikon SA, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1998. A draft Habitat Suitability Model for roan antelope. The 5th AnnualConference of The Wildlife Society. Excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. September 22-26. Buffalo, NY, USA.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1985. Food selection and competition for food among three fish species, Salmo gairdneri, Barbus aeneus and Clarias gariepinus. Zoological Society of South Africa. Competition and coexistence. July 23-25. University of Natal. Pietermaritzburg. South Africa.
  • Dörgeloh, W.G. 1984. Preliminary results of a study on the ecology of rainbow trout in Sterkfontein Dam. Limnological Society of Southern Africa. Perspectives in Southern Hemisphere limnology”. July. Wilderness. South Africa.

Chairman of Sessions

  • Ecology. 5th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium. Sustainable utilization – conservation in practice. March 20-23, 2001. Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Hunting and ethics. 5th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium. Sustainable utilization – conservation in practice. March 20-23, 2001. Pretoria, South Africa.

SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS PRESENTED

Seminars
2008 Southern Africa – an overview of the natural history, its people and politics. Encore, NC State University, Raleigh, USA. Six seminars January 15 – February 19.
2007 Impacts of the cattle industry on wildlife conservation in Botswana. Meredith College,
October 24.
2007 Wildlife and conservation in southern Africa, Apex Rotary Club, May 24.
2007 Travelling to southern Africa. REI, March 06 – 08.
2005 African savanna ecosystem. Junior Curators, Museum of Natural Sciences, January 21. Raleigh, NC, USA.
2004 Protected area management in South Africa. Junior Curators, Museum of Natural Sciences November 19. Raleigh, NC, USA.
2004 Social, economic and environmental impacts of ecotourism. October 06. Department of Parks, Tourism and Recreation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.
2004 Biodiversity and conservation in South Africa. September 16. Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.
2004 African desert and savanna field ecology. September 8. Inauguration speech for Adjunct Research Associate Professorship. Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.
2003 Wildlife management and conservation in southern Africa. April 22. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.
1999 Roan antelope: ecology and management. June 17. Modderfontein Conservation Society, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1998 Wildlife management in South Africa. October 06. Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA.

Workshops
1998 Population dynamics. Biodiversity Management course for  conservation officers from three provinces. February 18. Gauteng Directorate: Nature Conservation. Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa.
1997 Roan antelope management. Endangered species workshop. July 08.  Northern Province Environmental Affairs. Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve, South Africa.
1996 Game counting techniques workshop. January 01. Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia.
1991 Fishery Management course. September 10-12. Fifteen Field Officers from Bophuthatswana National Parks Board. Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa.