Belinda Reyers

Conservation biologist

Belinda holds a PhD in conservation biology and heads up the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Stellenbosch office of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Prior to this, Belinda was a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, from 2000 to 2002, and at the University of Stellenbosch (2002 to 2004). Her research and student supervision focuses on how nature supports people, and how best to maintain and promote this support while conserving natural resources. In addition to her PhD, which she obtained from the University of Pretoria in 2001, Belinda has an honours degree in zoology and a BSc, both of which were awarded cum laude. She is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a fellow of the CSIR’s Natural Resources and the Environment, and she sits on the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s biodiversity research advisory committee.

Belinda says her career as a conservation biologist is “a fulfilling way to combine my love of nature and the outdoors with my scientific interests of problem-solving and writing”.

She enjoys mentoring young female scientists in a traditionally male domain. Her ideal future South Africa would be “a place where everyone has access to the things they need to live well and the freedom to make choices, as well as a deep respect for the environment”.

Her hobbies include mountain-biking, hiking and bird watching.

Lunch Spot: Tokara, Stellenbosch