Glynis Humphrey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Glynis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the African Climate Development Institute (ACDI) in the TES NbS project. Her current research project is centered on understanding the socio-economic benefits and constraints of Nature-Based Solutions in achieving social equity in southern Africa. Glynis core interests are in people (indigenous knowledge), biodiversity, climate, fire, ecosystem services, and the use of trans and inter-disciplinary research to address adaptive management and conservation policies.

Glynis’s postdoctoral project at the Plant Conservation Unit (UCT) involved investigating woody cover change in relation to climate, fire, and land use history in north-east Namibia using remote sensing, GIS and repeat photographs. Her PhD (2018) research focussed on the use inter-disciplinary methods to investigate the spatial and temporal fire regime patterns and knowledge exchange between rural livelihood sustainability and governance to address fire management policy in Namibia.

Between her studies, Glynis worked in the field in South Africa, Peru, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Professional experiences include work as a conservation ecologist in Botswana, field guiding, wild-life research and monitoring in South Africa, environmental consulting specializing in arid-zone ecological restoration and environmental assessments in Namibia, and community-based integrated fire management project in South Africa and Tanzania. Glynis has a PhD (Plant Conservation Unit, UCT), and MSc in Conservation biology (Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town), and a BSc. (Hons) in Environmental Science (Rhodes University).