Hayley Clements is a researcher in African biodiversity at Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Sustainability Transitions. With funding from the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant and in partnership with biodiversity experts from across Africa, she is developing a Biodiversity Intactness Index that will provide an accurate picture of African biodiversity and help inform sustainable development and conservation policies. In her growing understanding of the interconnectedness of our world, Clements has learnt the value and importance of collaborative work. She believes that by engaging across disciplines and embracing a multitude of perspectives and experiences, we end up with more diverse and relevant solutions to the problems our society and environment face. Clements’s adaptation of traditional roles and disciplines has pushed her research into unforeseen realms, and she hopes her work will inspire and shape how we relate to our world.
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