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Biographical Sketch - Dr Bob Scholes

Dr Bob Scholes is a systems ecologist, employed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa since 1992. Before that, he was manager of the South African Savanna Biome Programme, and did his PhD, through the University of the Witwatersrand, on tree-grass interactions in savannas. He studies the effects of human activities on the global ecosystem, and in particular on woodlands and savannas in Africa. He has over twenty years of field experience in many parts of Africa, and has published widely in the fields of savanna ecology and global change, including popular and scientific books. He has been involved in several high-profile environmental assessments and contributes to the formulation of national environmental policy. He is or has been a member of several steering committees of international research programmes, such as the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the Global Climate Observing System, and serves as a convening lead author for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was Chairman of the Global Terrestrial Observing System 2001/4 and is a Board Member of International Centre for Research In Agroforestry. He was a co-chair of the Conditions Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and also a principal investigator in the Southern African Millennium Assessment at regional scale. As a CSIR Fellow, his role is to help the CSIR maintain its technical excellence. He is a Fellow of the South African Academy and the Royal Society of South Africa, and a member of the South African Institute of Ecologists and several other professional societies, and serves on the editorial board of several journals.


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