Meet the SAAB President

Prof Stephen Boatwright

Associate Professor Stephen Boatwright ( President)

Associate Professor Stephen Boatwright completed a B.Sc. (cum laude) in Natural and Environmental Sciences, B.Sc. Hons (cum laude), M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Johannesburg.

He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship on South African Asphodeloideae (Asphodelaceae) at the Compton Herbarium (SANBI) and University of Cape Town (2009-2010). In September 2010 he was appointed as the taxonomist within the SANBI Early Detection and Rapid Response Unit for Alien Plants. He then took up a position as lecturer in the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (BCB) at the University of the Western Cape in 2012, where he currently is an Associate Professor and Deputy Chairperson.

His area of research broadly includes the taxonomy and systematics of African legumes (Fabaceae) as well as selected genera of the Aizoaceae, Apiaceae, Asphodelaceae, Asteraceae, Combretaceae, Hemerocallidaceae, Rubiaceae, Scrophulariaceae and Thymelaeaceae, the flora of the Karoo, and the taxonomy and identification of invasive plant species. His research has impacted the taxonomy of many plant groups and he has published 4 new genera, 7 new sections, 23 new species and 314 new name combinations.

He has been active in research since 2006 and has published 69 scientific papers as author/co-author. Eight M.Sc and two Ph.D students have already graduated with Prof Boatwright and currently he is supervising /co-supervising nine M.Sc. and six Ph.D students. His research group represents one of the main hubs for training plant taxonomists in the country.

He is serving on the Editorial Board for the South African Journal of Botany; as Fabales Editor for Phytotaxa and Subject Editor for both Phytokeys and Biodiversity Data Journal. He regularly reviews manuscripts for several national and international journals.

Prof Boatwright will be the SAAB President for the period January 2019 – 2020.