COUNCIL 2017-2019

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DAVID HEDDING

President

Professor Hedding works in the Department of Geography, School of Environmental Sciences (College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences) at the University of South Africa (Unisa). At Unisa he focuses on teaching periglacial geomorphology; weathering; geoconservation; and environmental science. His research interests focus mainly on geomorphology; weathering; environmental change; Marion Island; and Antarctic geomorphology. 

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CHRISTEL HANSEN

President-Elect / Secretary

Dr Hansen is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, (Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences) at the University of Pretoria (UP). At UP she focuses on teaching GIS and geomorphology. Her research interests focus mainly on cold-climate geomorphology; Antarctic landscapes and ecosystems; the Polar Regions; landscape and process studies; weathering and erosion; desert studies; remote sensing; GIS; geographical statistics; and statistical analyses. 

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JAY LE ROUX

Past President

Dr le Roux is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, (Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences) at the University of the Free State (UFS). At UFS he focuses on land degradation assessment; mapping and monitoring through spatial modelling of soil erosion risk; sediment transport and hydrological connectivity using hydrological models such as the Soil and Water Assessment Tool; and GIS and remote sensing techniques from a catchment to national scale. 

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FRANK ECKARDT

Treasurer

Professor Eckardt works in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Sciences (Faculty of Science) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). At UCT he focuses on global physical geography with focus on earth observation as well as contemporary polar, tropical and arid land surface dynamics. Some of his current research interests deals with earth surface processes in the Central Namib Desert as well as the Makgadikgadi Basin in Botswana with focus on crusts, soil chemistry, evaporation products, hyper saline springs and deposits as well as dust production. 

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BENNIE VAN DER WAAL

Council Member

Dr van der Waal is a research associate in the Department of Geography, (Faculty of Science) at Rhodes University (RU). At RU he focuses on GIS; hydrology; and geomorphology. His research interests focus mainly on water quality and water research management; sedimentology; stratigraphy; land use planning; and natural research management. He represented South African interests on the Council.

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SIZWE MAMBASO

Council Member

Dr Mabaso is a lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environmental Science and Planning (Faculty of Science & Engineering) at the University of Eswatini (UNISWA). At UNISWA he focuses on GIS; remote sensing; cartography and elementary surveying. He represented Swaziland interests on the Council.

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THOMAS MARAMBANYIKA

Council Member

Dr Marambanyika is a lecturer and chairperson of the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences) at Midland State University (MSU). At MSU he focuses on sustainable utilization and conservation of natural resources; environmental management in industry; food security; and rural and urban livelihood. He represented Zimbabwean interests on the Council.

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LINDIE SMITH-ADAO

Council Member

Dr Smith-Adao works as a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa. At the CSIR she focuses on ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, biodiversity and GIS assessment and mapping, with the ultimate goal of better understanding and implementing ecosystem management. Her earlier research concentrated on freshwater biodiversity conservation planning. She represented South African interests on the Council.

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HEINZ BECKEDAHL

Adviser to the Council

Professor Beckedahl is currently teaching in the Department of Geography, Environmental Science and Planning (Faculty of Science & Engineering) at the University of Eswatini (UNISWA). He is also a research associate at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), where he retired in 2016, and an extraordinary lecturer at the University of Pretoria in 2018 (while advising the Council). He focuses on process and applied geomorphology, with a special interest in wetland geomorphology and the genesis and dynamics of surface and sub-surface erosion and its rehabilitation. He has been involved in university teaching and research for more than 30 years, and works closely with the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, (Faculty of Natural & Agricultural Sciences) at the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Institute for Geoecology at the Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.