Dr Benice Sivparsad joined the ICFR after working as a post-doc in Plant Pathology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she also completed her PhD. Benice's expertise lies in plant virology (virus identification and characterisation), molecular biotechnology (transgenic virus resistance) as well as biological control. Benice is a member of the Southern African Society for Plant Pathology, where she currently holds the position of secretary for council. While at UKZN, Benice supervised honours and masters students and has also published a number of peer-reviewed publications.
Chad recently joined the ICFR after having obtained both his BSc and MSc degrees in forest science from the University of Stellenbosch. While a student, he has been involved in studying machine productivity and cost implications in a forestry environment, including the development of the South African harvesting and transport costing model that is available to the industry.
Immaculate has an MSc in Agronomy/Plant Breeding from the University of the Free State and a BSc Crop Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After qualifiying, she joined SASRI where she conducted variety-related agronomic research, involving multi-environment variety trials, analysing, trial design, interpreting and scientific reporting of trial results and presentations.
Kabir Peerbhay recently was awarded his PhD, specializing in the remote detection of alien invasive plants within commercial forestry, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His research is focused on vegetation pattern analysis using remote sensing and is currently expanding this domain into utilizing spatial technologies (GIS, GPS and remote sensing) for pest and pathogen detection and risk mapping.
Kabir has 5 years of experience in implementing spatial technologies at academic and commercial institutions and was recently appointed as a Research Scientist at the ICFR.