Petra joined the ACDI in December 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the AXA Research Chair Programme in African Climate Risk. Her research investigates the contribution of climate change and landscape management on the impacts of climate extremes. The initial focus is on impacts and responses in water systems in the southwestern Cape.
For Petra’s PhD, she used inter- and transdisciplinary research methods to understand the influence of conservation over the past 50 years on land use, vegetation, fire and streamflow in the Groot Winterhoek mountains, a strategic water source area in the Western Cape.
Prior to her PhD, Petra worked on developing climate change adaptation projects in several African and Asian countries, under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Adaptation Fund and for the Department of Environment Affairs. Petra has a ND and B-Tech in Nature Conservation (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and MSc in Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town).