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Expert NameDr. Robert John Scholes
TitleCSIR Fellow
DivisionCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research
CountrySouth Africa
Work Experience1. Research and development in the fields of the management of African ecosystems, global change and the biogeochemistry of savannas (EU Funded project: CARBOAFRICA(Quantification, understanding & prediction of carbon cycle and other CHG gases, in Sub-Saharan Africa); Colorado State University: Role of Africa in carbon emissions; US NSF: Biocomplexity of African Savannas; DEAT: Development of SA’s National Action Plan on the Convention to Combat Desertification. Phase 1) 2. Development and leadership of the Global Terrestrial Observing System and Global Earth Observing System of Systems 3. Co-Chair of Global Condition and Trend Working Group of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Author of MA conceptual framework. Leader of the Southern African Regional Assessment. An author of the MA Desertification Synthesis, and member of the team developing post-MA follow-ups. 4. Member of the GEO Implementation planning Task Team 5. Activity leader in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, including the launching of the Kalahari Transect, the SAFARI 2000 regional experiment and the Global Soil Database. 6. Convening Lead author and Lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report, Special Report on Land Use, Land Cover Change and Forestry , and Fourth Assessment report 7. Principal Investigator or specialist scientist on many high-profile projects including dune mining at St Lucia, Long Term Mitigation Scenarios, Assessment of Elephant Management
Qualifications1.Bsc (Botany and Zoology), Wits University, 1977 2. Bsc Hons (Botany), Wits University, 1978 3. PhD (Ecology), Wits University,1988 4. Diploma in Datametrics,University of South Africa, 1988
Number of Publications92
Awards1. Honorary Professorship in Ecology, University of the Witwatersrand 2. CSIR Fellow 3. NASA Group Achievement Award - SAFARI 2000
Other Activities1. Chair of the Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) 2. Co-chair of the DIVERSTAS Steering Committee 3. Member of the GTOS Steering Committee 4. Member of South African Environmental Observatory Network (SAEON)Technical Steering Committee 5. Fellow of the Academy of Science of South African
Publications1.Scholes, R.J. and R. Biggs.2005. A biodiversity intactness index. Nature 434, 45-49 2. Lepers, E., E. F. Lambin, A. C. Janetos, R. DeFries, F. Achard, N. Ramankutty and R. J. Scholes. 2005. A synthesis of rapid land-cover change information for the period 1981-2000. BioScience 55 (2), 115-124 3. Verstraete, M.M., A. Brink, R.J. Scholes, M. Beniston, M. Stafford Smith. 2008. Climate Change and Desertification: Where do we stand, where should we go? Global and Planetary Change 64 (3-4), 105-110 4. Verstraete, M.M., R.J. Scholes, M. Stafford Smith. (Accepted) Climate and desertification: looking at an old problem through new lenses. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 2005. Ecosystems and human well-being: desertification synthesis. Island Press, Washington DC. ISBN 1-56973-590-5 (Member of Extended Writing Team).
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