Prof. Melodie McGeoch

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Dept. of Entomology
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X01, Matieland, 7602
South Africa

Tel: + 27 021 808 2635

Email: Prof. Melodie McGeoch
Web site: Personal Web page

Melodie McGeoch is Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology, University of Stellenbosch and member of the South African Centre for Invasion Biology based at the same Institute. She completed her PhD in Entomology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa, 1995) and subsequently conducted a Post Doctorate at the University of Sheffield (UK). In 2000-2001, she received the University of Pretoria Outstanding Young Researcher Award and a Fulbright Academic Fellowship.

Prof. McGeoch’s research interests lie predominantly in population and community ecology, and the use thereof to solve conservation and environmental management problems. Populations and communities interact in complex spatial environments and the ways in which population dynamics and community patterns change across space (from micro- to macro scales) is a common theme in her research activities.

In addition, the high species richness, abundances and rapid generation times one encounters when working with insects stimulates her analytical and statistical research interests. Particular fields of interest include spatial ecology, the development and testing of bioindicators, and their application in environmental monitoring and biodiversity assessment.

Prof. McGeoch previously acted as editor of African Entomology (Journal of the southern African Entomological Society; 2000 – 2002) and has served on various national committees related to agriculture, environmental affairs and tourism, as well as conservation and management of ecosystems and biodiversity. She is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biogeography (2005- ), and the IUCN Southern African Invertebrate Specialist Group (2001-).