The SRU recently welcomed Dr Jeanne Nel as a Research Associate. Her appointment was confirmed by the NMMU last week. We are very pleased to have this acomplished researcher on board and look forward to working with Jeanne. Jeanne's professional biography can be read below.

Dr Jeanne Nel is a Principal Researcher in biodiversity and ecosystem services at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa. She has 15 years of experience in undertaking research relevant to water management and policy within the fields of in biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing and sustainability science. She has a PhD in freshwater ecosystem planning and has been involved in a number of collaborative projects and programmes aimed at identifying freshwater ecosystem priorities, and developing appropriate region-specific mechanisms for their conservation. Jeanne serves as a GreenMatter Senior Fellow, which is a fellowship designed to connect a community of outstanding biodiversity champions and leaders, to support their professional development and positively profile their work and the biodiversity sector. She has served as past President of the Freshwater Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology (an international body of conservation scientists), is a Board Member on the Freshwater Monitoring Working Group of GEOBON (the global biodiversity observation network), and is a member of the Scientific Committee of ecoSERVICES, a project of DIVERSITAS/Future Earth.