I am an ecologist with experience across most of southern Africa, as a researcher, planner and consultant. I currently lead national scale biodiversity assessment and reporting for South Africa. My personal research interests are on ecosystem mapping and red listing, Key Biodiversity Areas and biodiversity indicators.
Land use change in the Eastern Cape over the last 20 years has been very interesting to watch – the switch to game farming and tourism-based land use has profound impacts on biodiversity – not all good. The changes to land ownership patterns and rural livelihoods have been substantial.