Dr Michelle Greve

Dr Michelle Greve

South Africa

University of Pretoria

Plant and Soil Sciences

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Work and Research

My research reflects my interest in understanding how patterns of diversity and distribution have come about, what they tell us about the evolutionary drivers of these patterns, and how we can use this information for conservation prioritisation. I have published 19 papers, and am first author on more than half of these papers. My first?author publications have been published in top journals in my field (e.g. Nature Communications [IF=11.3], Journal of Ecology [IF=5.4], Global Ecology and Biogeography [IF=5.3], Ecography [IF=5.1], Journal of Biogeography [IF=4.5]), attesting to my ability to produce high?quality science with a broad relevance to the biogeographic community.

Fields Of Expertise

Plant and Soil Science

Research Profiles

My vision for the future of research at UP and how I will contribute to this development

I believe the science at UP and in South Africa could be relevant on a number of levels and that all science aimed at different “end?users” should be recognized. First, our science should address challenges that arise locally. However, while the main focus of such science should be to solve local problems, I also believe that it is often possible to design such research and phrase it to be relevant more broadly, which should be encouraged from the outset. Second, a major focus of our science should be to work on continental or global scale challenges, providing international relevance. Research with regional or global relevance will be of benefit to South Africa but also more widely. Finally, I believe there should also be scope for conducting science that is not necessarily problem?based, but answers to our curiosity about the world and how it works. In my field, many global challenges were only identified because baseline knowledge existed about the systems that are affected by such challenges. In addition, such research may lead to innovations that could not have been foreseen. Therefore, I believe that striking a balance between these three foci will result in a holistic approach with a range of benefactors.