Cornelia Krug is science policy liaison for the University of Zurich Research Priority Programme “Global Change and Biodiversity” and Executive Officer for the bioDISCOVERY Global Research Programme of Future Earth. She holds a PhD in Zoology, and a MSc in Zoology/Animal Ecology, and has researched the impacts of land use management on animal and plant communities. Between 1995 and 2010, Cornelia was working as a researcher in Namibia and South Africa, first at Gobabeb Training and Research Centre, then at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. From 2010 to 2016, she was Science Officer for the bioDISCOVERY core project of DIVERSITAS, based at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay, France. Here, her main interest was focussed on how biodiversity changes under environmental change, and which implication this has for community composition, ecosystem structure and ecosystem functions. In her role as science officer, she coordinated various activities centred around improving predictions of biodiversity change, and coordinates and contributes to scenarios assessment for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4. Since 2017, Cornelia is based at the University of Zurich’s Department of Geography.
Le Maitre has more than 30 years of research experience in the ecology of Cape fynbos vegetation, as well as fire ecology and management .He has just been appointed as an Extraordinary Professor at Conservation Ecology and Entomology at SU. His work focuses on assessing the hydrological and ecological impacts of invading alien plants and in the dynamics of invasion processes. His area of interests lies in the impacts of invasions on river and wetland systems and the ecosystems services they generate, including river assimilatory capacity; and developing diagnostic tools to assess the impacts of land-use and land management practices on water quality regulation based on the landscape features and water flows. While he focuses on management and policy, he recognises that his work addresses social-ecological systems and that the solutions to many of the environmental challenges lie in the social and economic domains rather than the ecological. Le Maitre is a research associate at the Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University, and an associate professor extraordinary at the School of Public Management and Planning, at the same university. Le Maitre holds a PhD in plant ecology, specialising in invasion ecology and hydrology from the University of Cape Town. Expertise: Invasion ecology; Hydrology; Fire ecologist.
James Blignaut is an environmental resource economist attached to the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University as well as SAEON and ASSET Research with more than 120 peer reviewed papers. He focusses his research on the economics of restoration, and the restoration of economics with the focus on healing the land and its people. As a result he has conducted numerous studies on the benefits and costs of restoration both locally as well as internationally. Lately his focus is on advancing regeneration within agricultural landscapes, and with it the nurturing of a restoration narrative – he is also co-responsible for https://www.restore-africa.com/, http://restory.co.za/, http://healtheland.co.za/, and http://www.integrafood.co.za