South African botany

the Scottish connection

  • Brian Huntley


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Author Biography

Brian Huntley
Emeritus Professor Brian Huntley was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1944. After studying at the universities of Natal and Pretoria, he undertook field research on the sub-Antarctic Marion and Prince Edward Islands, the forests of Zululand, the savannas of northern South Africa and the national parks of Angola. Returning to South Africa in 1975, he initiated and led to successful conclusion several major interdisciplinary
cooperative research projects such as the Savanna Ecosystem Project (1975–1990), the Fynbos Biome Project (1977–1990) and the Southern African Botanical Diversity Network (SABONET) (1994–2002). Membership of the executive committees of various IUCN Commissions, the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and Botanic Gardens
Conservation International (BGCI) have provided the opportunity to champion the interests of African institutions and initiatives within global fora. As head of the National Botanical Institute, Brian Huntley led the transformation of Kirstenbosch to financial independence and the development of the country’s nine National Botanical Gardens as a unique network of gardens specialising in indigenous species horticulture, conservation science, environmental outreach and visitor amenity. Following retirement as CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, he is currently engaged as an independent consultant to several United Nations agencies on conservation projects in many African countries, and in reviews of conservation projects around the world.


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How to Cite
Huntley, B. (2012). South African botany. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (10), 5-12.