KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR MANDY LOMBARD Most important questions for conservation planning 2014 (Wednesday 5 November)
Mandy’s biological career began at University of Cape Town (UCT), where she graduated with a PhD in Zoology in 1989. After a year’s post doc at the University of Rhode Island in the USA, and the CSIRO Desert Research Unit in Australia, she returned to UCT where she worked as a Scientific Officer in the FitzPatrick Institute (1991-1996). Here she helped develop and run the Conservation Biology MSc, and worked mainly on spatial conservation issues and geographic information systems. From 1997-1998 she moved to the Institute for Plant Conservation at UCT, to work with Prof. Richard Cowling on the Cape Action Plan for the Environment. In 1999, she began a career as a conservation planning consultant, based in the Garden Route. Her current institutional ties are with UCT and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her model is to undertake conservation planning contracts for governments, NGOs, and University colleagues, and then to use these contracts as a basis for her research publications (together with post graduate students).
To date, she is an internationally established conservation planner, and together with a small group of colleagues, pioneered terrestrial systematic conservation planning in South Africa since 1992. In 2004 she began to develop marine conservation planning capacity in the country, and continues to be actively involved in this field – she has a special interest in the Southern Ocean and led the scientific team that designed South Africa’s recently declared Prince Edward Islands Marine Protected Area. She is regularly invited to contribute to international (and local) workshops on marine spatial planning, and is Chair of the Marine Welfare Science Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology. She is also an editor for the journal Conservation Letters and is regularly asked to review papers for many other journals.
Mandy has an emerging research interest in Wildlife Welfare Science. This is a science that is rapidly developing internationally, and South Africa has very little capacity in this field. For a number of years she has run a small NGO that contributes to policy development in South Africa for conservation, and for wildlife welfare. She is also developing relevant teaching materials for post graduates.