Author of books on insects and conservation biology
Professor of Entomology and Director of the
Invertebrate Conservation Research Centre, Stellenbosch University
Michael John Samways was born on 22 October 1949.
He attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe where he won the 6th Form
Prize for Zoology. He completed his bachelor's and doctoral degrees at
Nottingham and London Universities during which time he won five scholarships.
After a Post-doctoral Fellowship in London and France, and commercial
experience in glasshouse biocontrol, Michael went to Brazil to work on fuel
alcohol production. He then worked in citrus entomology in Nelspruit, for seven
years, before taking up the Chair of Entomology at Natal University, which he
held for 16 years. During that time he developed the Invertebrate Conservation
Research Centre which won world acclaim, and two awards for Research Excellence
in 2002. He received the Senior Kaptain Scott memorial medal in 2007.
Michael joined Stellenbosch University in January 2003 as Professor in the Department of Entomology with a vision to build a world-class research centre in the field of agricultural biodiversity (Centre for Agricultural Biodiversity). This is an exciting challenge in the agriculturally important and biodiversity-rich Western Cape.
Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and Sometime Fellow of the University of Natal, as well as long-term Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He has been involved in several national and global strategic plans, and is currently on the World Conservation Union's Executive Committee and is Chair of the Southern African Invertebrates Specialist Group which he formed in 2001. He is on the Editorial Boards of Conservation Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Journal of Insect Conservation and Odonatologica. He is A-rated by the National Research Foundation.
Tropical Island Recovery
|Insect Diversity Conservation, 2004|| |
Insect Conservation Biology, 1994
Dragonflies of the Natal Drakensberg
(with Gael Whiteley), 1998
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