Professor Guy Midgley

Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University

Currently Acting Director for the School for Climate Studies and the Center for Invasion Biology, and Distinguished Professor, at Stellenbosch University, Professor Guy Midgely has worked on climate change risks to biodiversity since the 1980s. Previously A-rated in Plant Sciences, he has achieved a further NRF A-rating in Earth Sciences. A recipient of the South African NFTS and Ecologic Awards, Royal Society of South Africa’s Marloth Medal, and German Humboldt Research Award for lifetime scientific contributions, he is ranked by Thomson-Reuters as highly cited, and in the top 200 most influential climate change scientists globally (2022). He has contributed to multiple international environmental assessments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention on Biological Diversity and Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem. He chaired SA’s Global Change Science Committee in the 1990s and 2000s, and has graduated many students now occupying senior government, consulting, and academic positions.