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Dr Belinda Reyers

Dr Belinda Reyers is a conservation biologist whose research focuses on biodiversity (the variety of life): Its condition, conservation and links to human wellbeing. She heads up the biodiversity and ecosystem services research group at the CSIR in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Current activities and research interests

  • Conservation planning
  • Mapping and planning for ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services monitoring
  • Integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into sectoral plans.

Formal education

BSc (Zoology), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1995
BSc (Hons) (Zoology), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1996
PhD (Zoology), University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2000


Dr Reyers spent the first four years of her career as a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. During this time she became involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment project, a four-year international effort to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human wellbeing. Now at the CSIR she makes use of her experience in the fields of conservation planning and ecosystem services in a variety of conservation and development projects, including the National Grasslands Biodiversity Programme, the Wildcoast Conservation and Sustainable Development Project, South Africa's National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment and the Prince Edward Islands' Marine Protected Area design. This work has resulted in 35 peer-reviewed publications and several technical reports. She is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, a council member of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa and sits on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's Scientific Programmes Advisory Committee. Reyers received the Department of Science and Technology's Best Emerging Young Woman Scientist award as well as the CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment, Most Promising Young Researcher award. She was also listed as one of the Mail and Guardian's '100 young South Africans you have to take to lunch'.

Organisational details
PO Box 320
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 888 2488
Fax: +27 21 888 2684
Email: breyers@csir.co.za


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