SANBI Plant Taxonomists Join South Africa’s Top-Rated Scientists

sanbi plant taxonomistsDr John Manning, a senior plant taxonomist at the Compton Herbarium and an Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has received a class B3 category rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

  According to this category rating, John Manning is now rated as a top researcher in South Africa, whose work is of international standard, high quality and has high impact research outputs.

Dr Manning was trained at the University of Natal and began his career as a plant scientist in 1998 at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). He has written several widely used wild flower guides and co-authored over 200 scientific papers covering many aspects of the southern African flora. His taxonomic work has focussed on Iridaceae, Hyacinthaceae, Orchidaceae and Tecophilaeaeceae but includes many other plants families as well. He also has a strong interest in pollination biology.

Dr Anthony Magee, a plant taxonomist at the Compton Herbarium at SANBI and an Associate Researcher at the University of Johannesburg, has received a class Y1 category rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Researchers rated in this category must have had their PhD for less than 5 years and are recognised as having potential to establish themselves as a researcher of considerable international standing on the basis of the high quality work and impact of their research outputs.

Dr Magee is a former recipient of SAAB Junior Medal in 2011, awarded for the best PhD thesis in Botany in South Africa, as well as the Junior Medal from the South African Academy for the Advancement of Science in 2007, for the most original and independent M.Sc. dissertation in Science. He has published over 30 scientific papers in national and international journals and serves on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Botany.

The ratings are valid from 01 January 2014.

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