Associate Editors

Margaret Avery

Margaret Avery is currently Emeritus Professor at Iziko South African Museum, Natural History Collections. For many years she worked at Iziko Museums of South Africa (previously South African Museum) in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh and Doctorate from Stellenbosch University. She is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and past President of the International Union for Quaternary Research. Her research interest include micromammals and their contribution to understanding the environmental background to human physical and technological development. Also modern distribution of micromammals. 


Priscilla Baker

Priscilla Baker is currently the SARChi Chair for Analytical Systems and Processes for Priority and Emerging Contaminants (ASPPEC) and Senior Professor and Head of Department of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). She holds a BSc from the University of Cape Town, BSc Honours and Masters from the University of the Western Cape and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. She was winner of the Department of Science and Technology Distinguished Woman Scientist award in the category Physical and Engineering Sciences in 2014. Her research interests include analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, nanomaterials, sensors for priority and emerging pollutants.

Pascal Bessong 

Pascal Bessong is Professor of Microbiology and Global Health and Director of the HIV/AIDS & Global Health Research Programme at the University of Venda (South Africa). He completed his BSc Honours in Mircobiology and MSc Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He completed his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Venda and served as postdoctoral fellow in Microbiology at the University of Virginia in the United States. His research interests include: host and viral determinants of HIV drug resistance and the sustainability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART); the impact of HAART on the pathogenesis of malignancy associated viruses; and the interaction of enteric viruses, vaccine response, gut integrity, growth and development in young children, particularly in populations of low socio-economic status.


Chrissie Boughey

Chrissie Boughey is Emeritus Professor of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University (South Africa). She came to South Africa in 1999 after spending many years teaching English as a second/foreign language in places such as Spain, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She holds a DPhil in Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape, an MA in Applied Language Studies from the University of Reading (UK) and a PGCE in Education from the University of Wales (UK). She has been involved in a number of national initiatives directed at the assurance of quality and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education. Her research interests are in academic literacy, teaching & learning in higher education, critical realism, social realism, academic development, and educational development.


Catherine Burns

Catherine Burns is Associate Professor of History at the Adler Museum of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She holds an Honours degree in History from the University of the Witwatersrand and a PhD in African and World History from Northwestern University (USA). She is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Southern African Historical Association.
Her research interests include medical and health humanities, digital humanities, and humanities, scientific and clinical communication across disciplines.


Teresa Coutinho 

Teresa Coutinho is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). Her research focuses on plant pathogenic bacteria and developing a molecular method for distinguishing between genera of plant pathogenic bacteria as well as identifying new species. She was educated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and holds a B3 rating from the National Research Foundation. She is the current President of the Southern African Society of Plant Pathology.


Jennifer Fitchett

Jennifer Fitchett is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is African Councillor of the International Society of Biometeorology and President-Elect of the Society of South African Geographers and a Member of the South African Quaternary Association and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Her research is situated within the discipline of biometeorology and explores the impacts of climate change on both the natural environment and human populations.


Michael Inggs

Michael Inggs is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town (South Africa). He has an Honours degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Rhodes University and a PhD, DIC from Imperial College, London. He has worked in industry in the UK, USA and South Africa. His research interests are in radar, earth observation using radar, and high-performance computing architectures and languages for signal and image processing.


Ntombi Mathe (Associate Editor Mentee) 

Ntombi Mathe is a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. She has a BSc Chemistry, BSc (Hons) Materials Science and MSc Physics from the University of Cape Town. She completed her PhD Chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015. Her research focus is in additive manufacturing of Aluminium, titanium and high entropy alloys. She is the Principal Investigation for the NRF SA-Mexico bilatteral programme and holder of DST CPAM funding focusing on the pre-industrialization of additive manufacturing for the South African aerospace industry.


Sandiswa Mbewana (Associate Editor Mentee) 

Sandiswa Mbewana is a postdoctoral fellow in the Biopharming Research Unit of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She completed her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town in 2017. She obtained a BSc degree in Biotechnology from the University of the Western Cape and BSc Hons and MSc degrees in wine biotechnology from Stellenbosch University. She also worked as a Scientific Officer in the plant-based vaccine group on the development of an avian influenza virus (H5N1) vaccine using plants and insect cell expression systems. Her research focus is on the development of valuable pharmaceutical reagents.


Salmina Mokgehle  (Associate Editor Mentee) 

Salmina Mokgehle is a researcher at the Agricultural Research Council - Vegetable and Ornamental Plants (ARC-VOP). She obtained a PhD in Horticulture from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research focuses on water management, phytochemical profiling of medicinal plants, essential oils analysis and nutritional water productivity of indigenous leafy vegetables. Salmina Mokgehle’s research interests assist in explaining the significance of medicinal plants in product development, promote indigenous knowledge and adoption of the plants due to high micronutrients (iron, zinc, vitamins A and C).


Sydney Moyo  (Associate Editor Mentee) 

Sydney Moyo is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Rhodes University (South Africa). He obtained a PhD in Zoology from Rhodes University in 2016 and an MSc in Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe in 2011. His research focus is on freshwater, estuarine and terrestrial ecosystems. He uses both field- and laboratory-based approaches to explore ecological questions in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the USA. A central focus of his research is exploring the connectivity between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems via invertebrates.

Bettine van Vuuren

Bettine van Vuuren is a Professor of Zoology and the Director of the Centre for Ecological Genomics and Wildlife Conservation, University of Johannesburg (South Africa). She serves as Scientific Advisor to the Department of Environmental Affairs, is the Chair of the South African National Committee for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and represents South Africa on SCAR groups. She holds a PhD in Zoology from the Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria. Her research interests is in understanding spatial and temporal patterns of biotic diversity, with a focus on genetic diversity. Most of her work falls within two geographic regions: (a) The arid zone of southern Africa and, (b) Antarctica and the Southern Oceanic Islands with an emphasis on the Prince Edward Islands group. 


Amanda Weltman 

Prof. Amanda Weltman is currently Associate Professor, NRF/DST South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology, Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town (South Africa). Her research focus is on the fundamental physics that underlies the nature of the Universe. The goals of her research are to study the Universe as a whole, while gaining insight into its origin, composition, structure, evolution and ultimately its fate. She received the National Women in Science award for the Best Emerging Young Researcher in the Natural Sciences and Engineering in 2009, the Meiring Naude Medal from the Royal Society of South Africa, in 2011, NSTF-BHP Billiton, TW Kambule Award and the Silver Jubilee medal from the South African Institute of Physics