(Image: Zoological Society of South Africa)
The FBIP welcomes its newest addition to the steering committee; Dr Sandi Willows-Munro.
Dr Willows-Munro will represent the interests of the South African Node of the International Barcode of Life (SA-IBOL).
Dr Willows-Munro has been a researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2010. Her field of interest covers evolutionary and molecular biology.
Specifically, she uses phylogenetic, phylogeographic and population genetic techniques to examine the genetic factors underpinning evolutionary processes.
Her recent research has focused on testing a range of hypotheses including the alpha and beta functional and taxonomic diversity of different taxa across space and time, using genomic, community and environmental DNA.
The FBIP steering committee comprises fifteen members from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), National Research Foundation (NRF), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), and various biodiversity associations/societies.