Before joining the ICFR as Research Manager in 2013 Andrew spent 18 years with the Usutu Pulp Company in Swaziland (1979-1997), first as Research Officer and then Forest Research Manager, and 16 years with Sappi Forests (1997-2013) as General Manager Research. He obtained a PhD from University of Reading, UK, in 1987. Over a career spanning 35 years Andrew has developed a broad scope of interests in applied forestry research in support of sustainable industrial wood plantations. In particular; forest site classification, sustainable forestry practice, site-specific forestry practice, reg
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.
Ilaria is currently Programme Manager of Spatial Technologies at the Institute for Commercial forestry Research (ICFR) in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She gained a Doctoral degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy and a MSc in Zoology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Joel Cele obtain his BSc Agric at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and is currently busy with an MSc in Plant Breeding. He is employed as a Research Scientist in the Tree Improvement Programme working mainly with Eucalypts.
Joel''s research interests lie in 1) the improvement of cold tolerant eucalypt species, 2) development and testing of eucalypt hybrids and 3) the testing and improvement of alternative eucalypt species. He is currently working on the E. grandis x E. macarthurii hybrids, E. badjensis, E. dunnii, C. henryi.