Hattie first came to Botswana in 2003, shortly after graduating from the University of Bristol with a 1st class BSc(Hons)in Physiology. With an interest in ecosystem drivers and adaptive physiology she initially worked as a research assistant for Dr. Chris Brooks' project on the Makgadikgadi Research Project before spending time in northern Mozambique working as a researcher for Cabo Del Gado Biodiversity and Tourism on their turtle community conservation project.
In 2005 Hattie returned to Botswana and established Botswana Herbivore Research. Her first project, the Okavango Herbivore Research Project, investigated what factors were determining herbivore populations in the Okavango Delta, with specific reference to the importance of vegetation. Hattie was awarded her PhD on this topic in 2009. In 2008 Hattie established a second project, Okavango-Makgadikgadi Migration Research Project, which investigates the ecology of a unique zebra migration that was discovered during the PhD research.
Hattie continues to be passionate about increasing our understanding of Botswana’s herbivores and using scientific research to identify key areas that need to be protected to ensure their long-term survival.
Spatial heterogeneity in a dynamic wetland: determinants of herbivore distribution in the Okavango Delta and their relevance to conservation (PhD thesis). pdf
Bartlam-Brooks, H.L.A., Bonyongo, M.C. & Harris, S. (2011) Will reconnecting ecosystems allow long-distance mammal migrations to resume? A case study of a zebra, Equus burchelli, migration in Botswana. Oryx, 45 (2), 210-216.
Bartlam-Brooks, H.L.A., Bonyongo, M.C. & Harris, S. (2013) How landscape scale changes affect ecological processes in conservation areas: external factors influence land use by zebra (Equus burchelli) in the Okavango Delta. Ecology and Evolution, 3 (9), 2795-805. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.676 pdf
Hattie L. A. Bartlam-Brooks, Pieter S. A. Beck, Gil Bohrer and Stephen Harris. (2013) In search of greener pastures: Using satellite images to predict the effects of environmental change on zebra migration. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 118 (4), 1427-1437. DOI: 10.1002/jgrg.20096