Michael Samways has always loved nature, growing up in rural England, and doing hisPhD at London University. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and is a Fellow of Royal Society of South Africa, and Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a John Herschel Medalist of the Royal Society of South Africa, Senior Captain Scott Medalist of the South African Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Gold Medalist of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He received the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research in both 2006 and 2010 and won the Distinguished Scientist Award at the Global Conference of Entomology in 2011. He has published widely on various aspects of conservation, especially in relation to landscape ecology and the conservation of invertebrates, especially insects. He is also very involved internationally in conservation policy. His recent books include Insect Diversity Conservation (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Dragonflies of South Africa (Pensoft, 2008), Insect Conservation: A Handbook of Approaches and Methods (with Melodie McGeoch and Tim New; Oxford University Press, 2010), Tropical Island Recovery (with Peter Hitchins, Orty Bourquin, and Jock Henwood; Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and Waterdancers of the
National Botanical Gardens (with Christopher Willis; SANBI, 2011). Michael has produced 250 refereed scientific papers.