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Research Students - Biological Anthropology  

Year of start: 2008
Subject: Biological Anthropology

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

Aspects of carnivore ecology and interactions with human communities in the Algerian Sahara, with particular reference to North-African Cheetah


Supervisor: Katherine Homewood
Co-supervisor: Sarah Randall


I am an Algerian research fellow working at the Université de Béjaïa (Algeria) interested in topics related to conservation biology and human-wildlife relationships, with a particular reference on large carnivores. My current PhD research mainly addresses the social aspect of the conservation of the critically-endangered Saharan cheetah, alongside an estimation of the density and home range of this large carnivore in his Central Saharan habitats. My research has been made possible thanks to the active involvement of UCL’s Department of Anthropology and ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, based in UK, and Algerian Office du Parc Culturel de l’Ahaggar and Ministry of Culture; with the financial support of Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards (UK), Panthera, WCS and Howard G. Buffett Foundation (USA).

Research interests

  • Human dimensions of wildlife conservation
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Large mammal conservation, particularly carnivores
  • Conservation Biology

Academic Background/Education

Agronomy Engineer specialized in Forestry and Nature Protection (National Agronomic Institute, Algeria).

Post-graduate Specialized Diploma in Environmental Management (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Greece).

Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Environmental Management (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Greece).

Currently registered as PhD Student in Biological Anthropology (Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK).

Honours and Awards

Certificate of Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management (Smithsonian Institution, USA)


Belbachir, F. 2009. Spotted: the elusive sand cat in Algerian Ahaggar Mountains, central Sahara. Cat News 50: 17-18.

Busby, G.B.J., D. Gottelli, T. Wacher, L. Marker, F. Belbachir, K. De Smet, A. Belbachir-Bazi, A. Fellous, M. Belghoul & S.M. Durant. 2009. Genetic analysis of scat reveals leopard Panthera pardus and cheetah Acinonyx jubatus in southern Algeria. Oryx 43 (3): 412-415.

Belbachir, F. 2008. Acinonyx jubatus ssp. hecki. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>. Downloaded on 08 April 2009.

Belbachir, F. 2007. Le guépard saharien : Eléments de connaissance, principales menaces et conservation en Algérie. PNUD Algérie/FEM/DGF (Projet ALG/ 00/G35) Bulletin d’Information 6: 2-5.

Belbachir, F. 2000. Première observation d’une colonie de Capucin bec-d’argent, Euodice cantans, dans le Sahara Central Algérien. Alauda 68 (2):149-151 [First observation of an African Silverbill colony in Algerian Central Sahara].


Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards, UK.
Panthera, USA.
Wildlife Conservation Society, USA.
Howard G. Buffett Foundation, USA.

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