Dr Ilse Kotzee

CSIR researcher

Kotzee’s research interests are lie in assessing ecosystem service conditions, understanding social ecological processes and developing improved systems approaches on flood regulation services to inform integrated flood management.  

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Ilse Kotzee holds a PhD in Conservation Ecology from Stellenbosch University. She joined the CSIR in 2010 as a research intern, and started a PhD studentship in 2011. She was permanently employed as a researcher in 2016 and plays a leading role in the modelling of ecosystem services and assessing social-ecological systems. This work relies on observations, models and assessment techniques applied at a landscape scale to a variety of biophysical and socioeconomic datasets. Her most recent work entails spatial delineation of the supply and demand of the flood regulation services in working landscapes, the delineation of key green infrastructure that supports and underpins a number of key ecosystem services in urban areas, specifically flood avoidance. She was also part of a project team that worked on The Green Book, an online planning support tool that provides quantitative scientific evidence on the likely impacts that climate change and urbanisation will have on South Africa’s cities and towns.

Expertise: Ecosystem Services Assessment      

Academic qualifications: 
  • PhD (Conservation Ecology), Stellenbosch University, 2016
  • MSc (Environmental and Water Science), University of the Western Cape, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) (Environmental and Water Science), University of the Western Cape, 2007
  • BSc (Environmental and Water Science), University of the Western Cape, 2006


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Dr Ilse Kotzee