Synopsis – I’m a strongly self-motivated climate change ecologist, conservation biologist, evolutionary and behavioural ecologist, sustainability strategist and environmental planner. I’m comfortable both at directing and being part of a team in support of impactful research, teaching, and societal change. I’m passionate about biodiversity and climate change, especially in Africa, and my main interests are in spatial and temporal responses of biodiversity and ecosystems to global change. To understand these responses, I use biogeography, population, community, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and I work at different levels on global development issues. My work is a mix of research, lecturing, publication, program direction, writing and editing, public speaking, professional mentorship and lecturing of young scientists and implementers in spatial ecology, biodiversity conservation, land use planning, climate change and environmental policy. My current research combines data from citizen science and academic research to address pressing issues in environmental change, biodiversity futures, climate change, behavioural ecology, evolution and ornithology. Previously I founded, developed and led Namibia’s national climate change (1999) and biodiversity programs (1994-2003) and co-led other major initiatives.
I’m now the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Lead Scientist: Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity Futures, in Cape Town. I’m also (Honorary) Research Associate of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, and also of the Institute for Futures Research, University of Stellenbosch. From 2013-2016 I was President of BirdLife South Africa. I’m also a loving parent, life partner, volcano climber, trail runner and community volunteer.