Dr Graham von Maltitz

CSIR research group leader for global change and ecosystems dynamics

Von Maltitz specialises in large, integrated multidisciplinary projects involving the interface between humans and natural resource management in the terrestrial environment.

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Von Maltitz holds a PhD in ecology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is a NRF C2 rated scientist. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental and global change, focused on unique problems associated with resource ecology and management in southern Africa, with a special focus on areas of communal land management. 
Von Maltitz has worked extensively in the savanna, forest and grassland biomes of southern Africa, focusing particularly on natural resource use within the communal areas. More recently he has focused on the causes and consequences of global change. This included terrestrial feedbacks to climate processes, land use and land-use change as well as biomass-based energy.  He has been involved in a number of global science/policy forums and processes, including links with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. 

Academic qualifications: 
  • BSc (Botany), University of the Witwatersrand, 1983
  • BSc Hons (Ecology), University of the Witwatersrand, 1984
  • MSc (Ecology), University of the Witwatersrand, 1990
  • PhD (Ecology), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2014

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Dr Graham von Maltitz