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Ursula Scharler, School of Life Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, South Africa

My current research and teaching areas as Associate Professor at the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), in Durban are estuarine and marine ecology, systems analysis, and modelling. Before joining UKZN, I completed a post-doc at the Chesapeake Biological Lab in Solomons, MD, USA and at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Before that, I was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Port Elizabeth (now NMU), preceded by studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. My lab has a vibrant group of postgraduate students and currently focusses on variability of biota and ecosystems over time and space, especially in estuaries, and on theoretical and applied systems analysis themes. I fulfil editorial functions and regularly review for a number of national and international journals and books, for grant applications, evaluations and engage in steering committees and advisory boards nationally and abroad, as member and as chair. I enjoy collaborations in South Africa and abroad, mainly in Europe and the USA, and had fruitful collaborations with colleagues in India and China.  

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