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Dr Tony Rebelo is a scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). He obtained his PhD in Zoology at UCT in 1992 on the topic of the Preservation of the Cape Flora. He has co-authored books on pollination ecology, proteas and vegetation types of South Africa, as well as numerous scientific publications on these topics. His special interests are conservation planning, protea ecology and encouraging amateurs to get involved in scientific research. To this end he has championed the design of user-friendly field guides, the use of common names for plants, the Protea Atlas Project and iNaturalist. He recently won the Regional Award for work towards the restoration of the unique Cape Flats Sand Fynbos habitat at Tokai Park and its critically endangered plant species at the 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration which was held in Cape Town in September 2019.


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    Scientist, South African National Biodiversity Institute