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Dr Sue Milton is a plant ecologist specialising in Karoo ecosystems, veld restoration and plant propagation. She is the owner of Renu-Karoo Veld Restoration nursery which grows Karoo plants and seeds for restoration and landscaping. Dr Milton is a Research Associate SAEON Arid Lands Node.
Prof Abel Ramoelo is a Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies, and Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the ISPRS International Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and he is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geo-Information Science. Prof Ramoelo was recently appointed as an Editor-in-Chief for SANParks' KOEDOE journal: African Protected Area Conservation and Science journal.
Dr Heidi-Jayne Hawkins is the Science Director at Conservation South Africa and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. She has a background in plant nutrient physiology and her current focus is understanding above- and belowground nutrient cycling and how this affects ecosystem function and global change. Her main interest is on how plants acquire nutrients within plant-soil-microbe and animal feedbacks, and how the various drivers (climate, land use, fire, herbivory and woody plant encroachment) affect this.
Dr Igshaan Samuels is an arid rangeland scientist at the Agricultural Research Council in South Africa. Part of his current research involves investigating and mapping land-use patterns and vegetation communities, assessing diet selection and resource use amongst livestock species in herded and free-ranging herds in semi-arid rangelands and assessing indigenous knowledge systems and their application in climate change adaptation in Namaqualand.
Prof Jacobus Bothma, Emeritus Professor at the University of Pretoria, is a wildlife writer and an international wildlife management consultant. He has published 24 books, including Game Range Management, Written in the Sand, and Of Silk and Sand. He has published 316 popular science papers and 104 papers in refereed scientific journals. Prof Bothma was the Director of the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria from 1989 until 2005.
Prof Jacqueline Rowarth holds the role of Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She is currently a farmer-elected member of the Board of Directors for DairyNZ and of Ravensdown Co-operative Ltd. In 2010 she was selected as the Agricultural Communicator of the Year by the Guild of Agricultural Communicators and Journalists. Prof Rowarth is a frequent contributor to public debate in the media and remains committed to dispelling the myths that surround food production.
Mr Ken Coetzee founded Conservation Management Services in 1996 after working for the Cape Department of Nature Conservation for 25 years. His company focuses on veld and wildlife management and management planning for conservation areas, game reserves and commercial game ranches. Ken is a practical field ecologist who is passionate about veld rehabilitation and the restoration of rangelands in Africa. He loves the Karoo and has an excellent working knowledge about its different landscapes, plants, wildlife and people. Mr Coetzee is a long-standing board member of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve and an Honorary Senior Member of the Game Rangers Association of Africa.
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