I am a conservation biologist and data scientist with a passion for the natural world and figuring out how it works. I am currently conducting a conservation research survey of the birds of the Karoo Biome, South Africa, on behalf of BirdLife South Africa, after 5 years researching birds of the Fynbos Biome at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. I continue to be involved with research in the Peruvian Amazon, where I did my PhD, but I now live and conduct most of my research on Blue Hill Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, South Africa. As a member of the Lee Family Trust running the Blue Hill Escape guest house, I am also able to support various research projects: Cape Rockjumper and Leopard research currently. I have accomplished 3 big projects that were largely thought to be impossible: obtaining density estimates for Blue-headed Macaw and other parrot species; a biome wide survey of the endemics birds of the fynbos conducted on foot and by bicycle; and obtaining density estimates, population sizes and ecological parameters determining the distribution of the Hottentot Buttonquail, an endangered fynbos endemic. Due to undertaking and completion of these projects I have been labelled an 'extreme biologist'.
I am currently Editor-in-Chief of Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology
A good place to find out more about me is on my blog: http://bluehillescape.blogspot.com/
Alan T. K. Lee's reports and publications
Lee, A.T.K, Wright, D.R. & Barnard, P. 2017. Hot bird drinking patterns: drivers of water visitation in a fynbos bird community. African Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/aje.12384 Publisher link. Prepublication proof
Mackay, B., Lee, A. T. K., Barnard, P., Møller, A. P., & Brown, M. 2017. Urbanization, climate and ecological stress indicators in an endemic nectarivore, the Cape Sugarbird. Journal of Ornithology, 1-12. pdf.
Lee, A.T.K, Altwegg, R. & Barnard, P. 2017. Estimating conservation metrics from atlas data: the case of southern African endemic birds. Bird Conservation International. Publisher link. Prepublication proof
Lee, A.T.K & Barnard, P. 2017. How well do bird atlas reporting rates reflect bird densities? Correlates of detection from the Fynbos biome, South Africa, with applications for population estimation. Ostrich 88(1). Publisher link. Prepublication proof
Milne, R; Cunningham, S.J.; Lee, A.T.K.; Smit, B. 2015. The role of thermal physiology in recent declines of birds in a biodiversity hotspot. Conservation Physiology 3: doi:10.1093/conphys/cov048. Free download from publisher website.
Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard, P 2015. Spatial and temporal patterns of insect-order activity in the fynbos, South Africa. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. 3(6): 95-102. Free download from publisher website.
Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard, P; Hockey, P. 2015. Population metrics for fynbos birds, South Africa: densities, and detection and capture rates from a Mediterranean-type ecosystem. Ostrich. 86(1-2). 179-186. Ostrich.
Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard, P 2015. Endemic birds of the Fynbos biome: a conservation assessment and impacts of climate change. Bird Conservation International. pdf prepub proof.
Lee, A.T.K. & Oswald, K.N 2015. Rock Kestrel attack on a Cape Rockjumper caught in a spring trap. Afring News. 44: 9-10. Free download from publisher website.
Lee, A.T.K. & Barnard, P 2014. Aspects of the ecology and morphology of the protea seedeater, Crithagra leucopterus, a little-known Fynbos endemic. African Zoology. 49(2): 295–300. pdf proof.
Lee, A.T.K. & Simmons, R 2014. What’s eating Black Harriers Circus maurus? Two predation events camera-recorded on a ground nesting raptor. Gabar. pdf proof.
Lee, A.T.K., Donald J. Brightsmith, Mario P. Vargas, Karina Q. Leon, Aldo J. Mejia and Stuart J. Marsden 2014. Diet and Geophagy Across a Western Amazonian Parrot Assemblage Biotropica 46(3): 322–330. prepub proof. Biotropica abstract.
Lee, A.T.K & Barnard, P. 2013. The birds of Blue Hill Nature Reserve: the Fynbos Endemic Bird Survey. Afring News 42: 21-28 download pdf
Lee, A.T.K 2013 Parrots and parrot claylicks of Peru and South America. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. Link
Educational Poster: Know your Fynbos Endemic Birds. Download (1.5Mb)
Lee, A.T.K 2012. Cape Sugarbird: Flowering Protea may predict occurrence and abundance. Poster presented at the Fynbos Forum. Download pdf version. This poster won the prize for best poster, out of c30 posters.
Lee, A.T.K and Barnard, P. 2012. Endemic fynbos avifauna: comparative range declines a cause for concern. Ornothological Observations. Download pdf
Lee, A.T.K and Marsden, S.J. 2012 The Influence of Habitat, Season, and Detectability on Abundance Estimates across an Amazonian Parrot Assemblage. Biotropica. Download pdf
Lee, A.T.K. 2010 Parrot Claylicks. PhD. Download pdf (3Mb)
Brightsmith, D. and Lee, A. 2010 Macaw conservation in the Tambopata
Lee, A. 2009 Discovering Claylicks. Psittascene Download
Biosphere 2009 Mammal recovery after hunting Download
Biosphere 2008 Including seasonal patterns of Red-and-green macaw activity; and macaw social behaviour at claylicks Download
Biosphere 2006 Including the impact of boat traffic on macaw behaviour and feeding Download
Biosphere 2005 Download
News articles featuring Alan Lee
Helge Eek 2010 A Norwegian article on Biosphere Expeditions 2009 Icons of the Peruvian Amazon. Download
Martin Amanshauser 2009 ZU SECHZEHNT LEHM LECKEN. Univsersum. Download