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Chief Science and Policy Officer, Conservation Biology Institute; Affiliate Full Professor, University of Washington at Bothell; Research Associate, University of Cape Town (ACDI and FitzPatrick Institute), University of Cape Town

I work in, and across, the realms of biodiversity, global change ecology, environmental and societal futures, and conservation biology, on the big issues of the day facing the future of society and our planet. I trained in Canada (BSc Hons biology), South Africa (MSc zoology with distinction) and Sweden (PhD animal ecology & evolution) as an evolutionary and behavioural ecologist working on birds, and I still somehow manage to combine the fine-scale and big-picture stuff in my life. I'm increasingly working on tipping points for personal, societal and institutional sustainability, in futures studies, and I use media (especially film and popular writing) to help communicate this.


  • 2014–2016
    Lead scientist: Climate change bioadaptation, South African National Biodiversity Institute


  • 1994 
    Uppsala University, Sweden, PhD / Animal Ecology and Evolution

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Lead Climate Scientist, SANBI; Lead Researcher, Climate Change Vulnerability and Bioadaptation
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


Forbes Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, 2019; Distinguished Service Award, Society for Conservation Biology 2002; Fulbright Full Doctoral Grantee 1993-94