Professor Amanda Lombard
Primary discipline: Biological Sciences
Biosketch of Chair incumbent
Professor Lombard was awarded the Purcell Memorial Prize for the best zoological Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1989. After post-doctoral work in the USA and Australia, she held academic positions at UCT, NMMU, and the University of Pretoria. She specialises in conservation planning, and has also worked as a consultant in this field for 18 years.
Her early work advanced conservation planning research in South Africa and was instrumental in establishing it as a necessary step in policies to expand and proclaim both terrestrial and marine protected areas. In 2004 she pioneered South Africa’s marine conservation planning research and assessments. She is frequently invited to international workshops to advance conservation planning globally, and has supervised many post-graduate students, published 47 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 1 book chapter, and 43 consultancy reports. In 2013, Thomson Reuters listed her as one of the 6 most cited ecologists in South Africa. She has an NRF C1 rating for her research and an H-index of 25.
She is an editor of the Journal Conservation Letters and a board member of the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology. She has a special interest in animal welfare and ethics and sits on national and international ethics committees.