Sam Williams

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Venda
My research focusses on conservation ecology of large African carnivores, such as identifying and mitigating threats to wildlife, and assessing the ecosystem services provided by carnivores.


  • 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. and Balme, G.A. (2017), Cats, connectivity and conservation: incorporating datasets and integrating scales for wildlife management. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI 10.1111/1365-2664.12851.
  • Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Joubert, C.J. and Hill, R.A. (2016) The impact of land reform on the status of large carnivores in Zimbabwe. PeerJ 4, e1537. DOI 10.7717/peerj.1537.
  • Pitman, R., Fattebert, J., Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Hill, R., Hunter, L., Slotow, R. and Balme, G. (2016) The conservation costs of game ranching. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12276.
  • Swanepoel, L.H., Balme, G., Williams, S., Power, R.J., Snyman, A., Gaigher, I., Senekal, C., Martins, Q. and Child, M. (2016) 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.
  • Parchizadeh, J. & Williams, S.T. (2017). Save Iran’s cheetah from extinction. Nature 552 (7683), 31. doi: 10.1038/d41586-017-08183-8.
  • 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? Ecosystem Services. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.12.006.
  • Williams, S.T., Williams, K.S., Lewis, B.P., and Hill, R.A. (2017) Population dynamics and threats to an apex predator outside protected areas: implications for carnivore management. Royal Society Open Science 4 (4): 1-10. doi: 10.1098/rsos.161090.