Master of Science (zoology), PhD (zoology), emeritus professor Rhodes University
Biology (biodiversity, ornithology); Africa (southern Africa), Europe, Asia.
Born and educated in South Africa, obtained the MSc degree (a field study of bird behaviour) at the University of Cape Town, and after a year as an exchange student at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, completed a PhD in ornithology (a field study of the breeding biology of weaverbirds) at the University of Natal (today KwaZulu-Natal) in Pietermaritzburg.
Teaching career in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Rhodes University, Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), now retired as Emeritus Professor but continuing with research in ornithology. Long-term collaboration with colleagues at the University of Rennes, France, and advisor on the teaching programme in wildlife biology at the University of Namibia (Katima Mulilo campus). Past editor of the ornithological journal Ostrich, and still serving as associate editor for the journal African Zoology. Served on the organising committees for several Pan-African Ornithological Congresses. Honorary Curator of birds at the Albany Museum, Makhanda.
Research focus on the behaviour and ecology of African passerine birds, with a special interest in two families, the weavers (Ploceidae) and the starlings (Sturnidae). Contributed text on both these groups to the handbooks “The birds of Africa”, “Roberts birds of southern Africa”, and “Handbook of the birds of the world”. Both handling and ringing birds, and the use of museum specimens, have been important elements in this research. Association with museums has also stimulated studies on the history of African ornithology.
Chiawo, D.O., Kombe, W.N. & Craig, A.F.K. 2018. Conservation and human livelihoods at the crossroads: Local needs and knowledge in the management of Arabuko Sokoke Forest. African Journal of Ecology 56: 351-357. doi: 10.1111/aje.12462
Bonnevie, B.T. & Craig, A.J.F.K. 2018. A song for the South also: defining birdsong in global terms. Ibis 160 (4): 926-928. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12627
Craig, A.J.F.K. & Hulley, P.E. 2019. Montane forest birds in winter: do they regularly move to lower altitudes? Observations from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Ostrich 90 (1): 89-94. doi: 10.2989/00306525.2019.1568316
Hausberger M., Giacolone A., Harmand M., Craig A.J.F.K., Henry L. 2020. Calling rhythm as a predictor of the outcome of vocal interactions: flight departure in pale-winged starling pairs. The Science of Nature 107: 2. doi: 10.1007/s00114-019-1658-1
Craig, A.J.F.K., Hulley, P.E. & Mullins, R.L.G. 2021. Urban birds in the Eastern Cape: local observations from Makhanda (Grahamstown) and future questions. Ostrich 92 (1): 70-82. doi: 10.2989/00306525.2020.