Administration and Management
As Executive Director of Gobabeb, Gillian brings experience acquired over many years of managing research systems in the public sector, to the organisation. She is a passionate, plant person, with a keen interest in indigenous cucurbits, which makes Gobabeb and its proximity to the !nara fields an ideal location. Gobabeb has touched the lives of so many Namibian and international scientists and students over five decades, and her aspiration is to make a contribution to sustain this remarkable legacy.
Laetitia was born in Tsumeb, went to school in Windhoek where she matriculated and furthered her studies in Marketing and Business Management. She has two grown daughters and two grandchildren which is her pride and joy. Laetitia loves travelling and have travelled abroad quite substantially over the years. She feels very honoured to be part of the Gobabeb team and she is planning a very lengthy stay. “I am finally home!”
Senior Research Technician
For as long as she can remember, Angela has been consumed by an interest in animals and a need to know more. After extensive studies in Zoology and Chemistry followed by Computer Science, Psychology and Companion Animal Ethology, Angela spent many years working in the tourism industry and later working as an Animal Behaviour Consultant. Angela has come to Gobabeb to further her studies with research into the ecology of bats in arid environments as well as participating in various internal Gobabeb Research Projects.
Senior Research Technician
Martin Handjaba is a young research scientist from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). A former Gobabeb Training and Research Internship programme (GTRIP) participant, he recently rejoined the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre as senior research technician. Martin completed his B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons) in Natural Resource Management at NUST and is currently pursuing his M.Sc. on diversity and behaviour of burrowing scorpions (Scorpiones) of the central Namib Desert. He is very passionate about drylands ecology and is motivated by making new discoveries about how scorpions and reptiles make use of arid environments as their home.
Ritha grew up in Tsumeb and resided in Windheok for five years where she completed a Bachelor’s (Honors) Degree in Environmental Biology and Geography at the University of Namibia (UNAM). She is passionate about the conservation and ecological restoration of our environment and therefore joined the Gobabeb Training and Research Internship Programme (GTRIP) where she did a project that looked at the effects of geo-location and anthropogenic disturbances on the abundance of tree scorpions (Uroplectes otjimbinguensis) in three ephemeral rivers. After completion of the five-month internship programme, Ritha joined the Gobabeb team as a Research Technician, with a hybrid function of coordinating and integrating research and training at the Centre. She sees Gobabeb as the perfect place to study and understand arid ecology and its effective management. She is therefore looking forward to acquiring new knowledge and skills at Gobabeb and further her studies one day to fulfill her burning desire to learn more and venture ahead in the field of conservation.
Originally from the coastal region of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Doris ended up in the Namib Desert after her four month internship job at Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN). Driven by her passion in computers, she is studying towards a BSc. in inforamation Technology. She will put all the work that she learns through her understudies employment at Gobabeb RTC into her studies. Doris is a positive person, always looking on the bright side of things.
FLC Project Coordinator
Meg Schmitt comes to Gobabeb with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Grinnell College, where she developed interests in environmental education, scientific journalism, and conservation policy. She cultivated a range of interests across the environmental studies disciplines and the country through a variety of experiences, from a land stewardship fellowship restoring Iowa’s prairies and savannas, to exploring competitive behaviors of Blue and Stone crabs in the salt marshes of coastal North Carolina. While at Gobabeb, she hopes to develop her gardening skills and dune-climbing abilities, as she indulges her love of writing, bird-watching and nature photography - and reads her way through the Gobabeb library. Once she has achieved her primary goal of successfully capturing and studying a Namib Golden Mole, she will consider leaving Gobabeb. Thereafter, Meg looks forward to further exploring her conservation-oriented interests elsewhere in Southern Africa, likely in either wildlife ecology or conservation management.
Linda is from Walvis Bay Rural (Kuiseb-Soutrivier). She has been working as a Houskeeper at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2003. She enjoys washing, ironing, reading and watching movies.
Rita is from Walvis Bay Rural (Kuiseb-Natab 1). She has been working as a Housekeeper at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2002. She enjoys sewing and swimming.
Selma is from Walvis Bay Rural (Kuiseb-Natab 1). She has been working as a Housekeeper at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2009. She enjoys swimming and watching television.
Site Maintenance Assistant
Originally from the Hardap Region, Josef has been working as the Site Maintenance Assistant at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2009. He enjoys carpentry and joinery work as well as maintenance.
Jeffrey is from Walvis Bay Rural (Kuiseb-Natab 1). He and has been working as a General Worker at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2003. Jeffrey enjoys playing soccer and loves eating !Nara fruits.
Richardt is from Walvis Bay Rural (Kuiseb-Natab 1). He is has been working as a General Worker at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2010. He enjoys playing and watching soccer.
Sameül is from Uis (Brandberg mountain area). He has been working at the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre since 2010 as a General Worker. He enjoys playing soccer and making his own designs.