History of Science and Technology
Environmental history; social-ecological systems; history of conservation; STS


Trained as a historian and conservation biologist and with a background in outdoor leadership, I have worked in Namibia, Alaska, and South Africa. My research at both the masters and doctoral level focuses on integrating social and ecological factors for environmental conservation. My dissertation project, Conservation in the Kunene: Rural Livelihoods and Community-Based Natural Resource Management, is an environmental and oral history examining the effects of human-wildlife conflict upon rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation in the communal conservancies of northwest Namibia. This research takes place in partnership with Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation and is being supervised by Prof. Susan Jones and Prof. Craig Packer (EEB).


MA, History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
MPhil, Conservation Biology, University of Cape Town
BA (Hons), Environmental and Geographic Studies, University of Cape Town
BA, History, Carleton College, Northfield


Heydinger, J.M. (2016). Reinforcing the Ecosystem Services Perspective: The Temporal Component. Ecosystems, 19(4), pp.661-673

Heydinger, J. M. (2014). Cultural ecosystem services and the avifauna of the Western Cape: a social-ecological systems investigation (Masters dissertation, University of Cape Town).

Reviews and Published Essays

Heydinger, J.M. (2013). “Book Review: Moa: the life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird.” Ostrich: The Journal of African Ornithology, 84:2, 169-170.

Heydinger, J.M. (2013). Book Review: "Integrating epistemologies: a history lesson for modern ecologists." Trends in Ecology & Evolution; Vol. 28, No. 3, 134.

Heydinger, J.M. (2012). "Affirming the values of conservation science," Biodiversity, 13:2, 115-117.