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Senior lecturer, University of Pretoria

Dr Bernard Coetzee is a Global Change researcher focusing on how humans are altering the natural environment, how that changes biodiversity, and what that means for our well being. Bernard has a conservation science and policy background, particularly in applying systematic conservation planning, with a special interest in birds, climate change, biogeography and landscape conservation. Lately, he has launched new work on artificial light at night, which may just be the greatest emerging global anthropogenic pressure – particularly on how it alters mosquito biology, and with it, the transferal of vector borne disease. Bernard does fieldwork from Antarctica to the Tropics, and everything in-between, including African savannas.


  • –present
    Conservation scientist, Wits

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Conservation scientist
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation