Kolwane Calphonia Shilaluke

Kolwane Calphonia Shilaluke

Kolwane Calphonia ShilalukeHonours Student Email: calphoniashilaluke@gmail.com Kolwane Calphonia Shilaluke has a BSc Degree in Life and Environmental Sciences majoring in Biochemistry and Botany. She studied at the University of Johannesburg. Calphonia is currently doing her Honours in Botany and Plant Biotechnology. Curriculum Vitae Key Achievements 2018 Enrolled as an Honours student at the University of Johannesburg Specialisation0%Basic DNA extraction0%Gene amplification via PCR 0%Cycle sequencing of gene regions0%Database comparisons of DNA sequences and compilation of phylogenetic...

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Reabetsoe Christine Molia

Reabetsoe Christine Molia

Reabetsoe Christine MoliaHonours Student Email: reabetsoemolia@gmail.com Reabetsoe Christine Molia holds a BSc Degree specialising in Biochemistry and Botany from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently pursuing a BSc Honours in Botany and Plant Biotechnology. Curriculum Vitae Key Achievements 2016 Top Achiever (for a second year student) in the Science Faculty at the University of Johannesburg Specialisation0%Basic DNA extraction0%Gene amplification via PCR 0%Cycle sequencing of gene regions0%Database comparisons of DNA sequences and compilation of phylogenetic...

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Duduzile Thabitha Marengwa

Duduzile Thabitha Marengwa

Duduzile Thabitha MarengwaHonours Student Email: marengwathabitha@gmail.com In 2017, Duduzile obtained a BSc degree at the University of Johannesburg and specialised in Biochemistry and Botany. She is currently enrolled as a BSc (Hons) in Botany student and her research project focuses on the DNA Barcoding and Molecular phylogenetics of the economically important indigenous genus Sceletium (Aizoaceae). Duduzile has always had a keen passion for plants and a wish to better understand biodiversity. She likes to think of herself as a diligent student, who is self-driven and highly motivated. In addition, she possesses good people and leadership skills, which she has developed throughout her undergraduate years.…

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Michelle van der Bank

Michelle van der Bank

Michelle van der BankProfessor in Botany and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB) Email: mvdbank@uj.ac.za Michelle van der Bank received her PhD in Botany from the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg, South Africa) in 1996. She is a Professor in Botany at the University of Johannesburg and Director of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). ACDB’s mission is to fill the knowledge gap and strengthen research frameworks for international, regional and inter-institutional co-operation in Africa in the field of DNA technology for biodiversity science. Her research group uses molecular phylogenetics, comparative analyses and intensive fieldwork to address questions relevant to biodiversity conservation in Africa.…

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Lerato Nakedi Hoveka

Lerato Nakedi Hoveka

Lerato Nakedi Hoveka PhD Candidate Email: leratohoveka@gmail.com | leratohoveka@yahoo.com Understanding how climate change will affect species distributions, especially for range restricted taxa, is paramount to conserving biodiversity. Lerato Nakedi Hoveka’s research aims to develop climate change integrated strategies for conserving South Africa’s endemic flora. Her research assesses how climate change will impact on the country’s endemic flora and aims to determine whether or not current protected areas will be sufficient for protecting the plant diversity in the future. She also intends to identify protected area networks that will optimise habitat representation for a large group of endemic plants. Curriculum Vitae Key Achievements 22-26 September 2013 – Pirenopolis, Brazil International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi) Presentation: Climate change and the five strongest invaders of South Africa’s freshwater systems Specialisation0%Biodiversity Management0%DNA Barcoding – Aquatic invasive species0%Conservation0%Climate...

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Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies Associate Professor Email: j.davies@mcgill.ca Jonathan Davies’ research addresses questions related to the ecological and evolutionary processes shaping the present-day distribution of biodiversity, the challenges posed to its conservation through anthropogenic environmental change, and the consequences of biodiversity loss on ecosystems and the services they provide for us. The integration of phylogenetic approaches in ecology has been transformative, and has given rise to new sub-disciplines in biodiversity science, invasion biology, climate change biology, emerging infectious disease research and community ecology. In his research, Jonathan aims to extend phylogenetic ecology to allow simultaneous modeling of evolutionary and spatial data, and a more explicit consideration of evolutionary processes within community ecology.…

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James Boatwright

James Boatwright

James Stephen BoatwrightAssociate Email: jboatwright@uwc.ac.za James Stephen Boatwright graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Ph.D (Botany) in 2009 and accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship working on South African Asphodeloideae (Asphodelaceae) at the Compton Herbarium and University of Cape Town from February 2009 – September 2010. He worked as a Principal Scientist within the Early Detection and Rapid Response Unit for Alien Plants, based at the Compton Herbarium from October 2010 until June 2012. Since July 2012, he has been a lecturer in the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape. As of 1 January 2015, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the same institution.…

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Stoffel Petrus Bester

Stoffel Petrus Bester

Stoffel Petrus Bester SANBI Control Scientist Email: S.Bester@sanbi.org.za Stoffel Petrus Bester’s research focuses on taxonomic and revisionary work related to the indigenous taxa in the Apocynaceae, Ericaceae and Scrophulariaceae families. It emphasises the sub-tribe Asclepiadeae, which includes the genera Aspidoglossum, Aspidonepsis, Cordylogyne, Fanninia, Periglossum, Schizoglossum and Stenostelma. Stoffel combines field and laboratory work with strong analytical skills in order to contribute to regional floras, scientific and popular publications, rendering identification services and providing foundational biodiversity data on these groups. He is involved in teaching, student supervision, internal mentoring and managing of junior staff. Curriculum Vitae Key Achievements Research Committee member (2012–current) Appointment as extraordinary Senior Lector at the University of North-West (October 2011–December...

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Janice Williamson

Janice Williamson

Janice WilliamsonPhD Student Email: jwilliamson@uj.ac.za Janice Williamson (Sargent) received her M.Sc in Zoology (Genetics) from the Rand Afrikaans University (Now University of Johannesburg, South Africa) in 2000 and is currently doing her PhD in Botany (Molecular Biology and Systematics specializing in Cycads, Enchephalartos species). She is a Lecturer in the Department of Botany and Plant biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg, lecturing Biology for B.Sc. students and Life Sciences FET for education students and she is one of the members of the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). The ACDB mission is to fill the knowledge gap and strengthen research frameworks for international, regional and inter-institutional co-operation in Africa in the field of DNA technology for biodiversity science.…

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Zinhle Manda

Zinhle Manda

Zinhle Chalo MandaMasters Student Email: mandachalo@gmail.com Zinhle Manda is currently completing her Masters in Botany and Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg. She is based at the African Centre for DNA Barcoding. Some of the skills she has acquired include DNA extraction, PCR, cycle sequencing and biotechnological skills such as Southern blot and RNA extraction. She has chosen to study plants because they give life and nourishment to man. It is this that sparked her interest in botany. Not only are plants beautiful, but they are also a mystery waiting to be solved. The wonder that is held by all these different plants peaks her curiosity.…

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Lesetja Michael Pilusa

Lesetja Michael Pilusa

Lesetja Micheal PilusaDNA Barcoding Technician Email: michaelpilusa86@gmail.com Michael Pilusa was born and raised in Polokwane, Limpopo and his goal is to gain adequate skills and knowledge in the Environmental and Biodiversity field. He holds a Bsc Degree that he obtained from the University of Limpopo. He is currently an intern at the African Centre for DNA Barcoding (ACDB), University of Johannesburg. He works as a DNA Barcoding Lab Technician on forensic plant tissue samples, and also assists with Masters and PhD projects. Curriculum Vitae Specialisation0%DNA Barcoding – Invasive species0%Wildlife...

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Phefumlela Mbeki

Phefumlela Mbeki

Phefumlela MbekiDNA Barcoding Technician Email: lelambeki@gmail.com Phefumlela Mbeki is an independent, assertive and organized person with over 2 years’ experience in the scientific field. She is committed to the biodiversity sector and is willing to develop, contribute and learn more about protecting our environment. Lela studied her BSc Degree in Biological Sciences at Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science (NMD Campus, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape). She currently works for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the University of Johannesburg’s African Center for DNA Barcoding (ACDB). Since 2013, she has worked as an assistant to the Centre’s sequencing specialist.…

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