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Current Staff

Administration and Management

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Gillian Maggs-Kölling

Executive Director

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.



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Leena Kapulwa

Receptionist

Born and grew up in Oniipa Constituency in the Northern part of Namibia. Leena joined Gobabeb Research and Training Centre in December 2016 as an intern under the Administration department. Doing bookings and welcoming tourists at the Centre is what she enjoys. Currently studying Local Government Administration in Namibia. Call her for your bookings!!

 

Research and Training

 

Angel Curtis

Angela Curtis

Senior Researcher 

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. 

 

 

 

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Martin Handjaba

Senior Researcher 

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. 

 

 

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Elbe Becker

 Researcher

Stubbornly inseparable from the Namib, this native, though nomadic by nature, settled at Gobabeb with the intent to learn and grow. Elbe completed her Masters in Environmental Science at the North-West University at Potchefstroom, specialising on the ecology of the Culicoides-vectored diseases. After a short stint as an intern in Canada and a few years in the Kunene Region working with local communities in conservation, curiosity called her to the Oasis of Learning. As part of the Namib Ecological Restoration and Monitoring Unit (NERMU) at Gobabeb, she is cultivating her knowledge on the Namib’s delicate ecosystems, how humans affect it and how these impacts can be minimised.   

 

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Francois Becker

  Senior Researcher 

Francois Becker, a barefoot local, is happier in the bush than indoors and can most often be found crouching over critters on the ground, camera in hand. After studying at the University of Cape Town for six years, Francois has returned to the arid lands of Namibia with his wife to uncover some of its natural secrets. With a Master’s degree in Statistical Ecology, Francois previously specialised in the population ecology of frogs, but throughout his university career has spent a lot of time on expeditions on chameleons, snakes and biodiversity surveys. He is excited about the fact that his work as a research technician now includes insects, geckos, and even the occasional bit of botany. Francois’ favourite part of the job is definitely the field work and as such he can often be found seeking elusive creatures late into the night.

 

 

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Saima Shikesho

  Reasercher

Saima is a graduate from the University of Namibia where she completed her Honours degree in Environmental Biology. Her passion and interest towards the environment and the beauty of nature brought her to Gobabeb as an intern under the Gobabeb Training and Research Internship Programme (GTRIP) to enhance her knowledge and skills about scientific research and understand more about the Environment and the adaptations of organisms to their environments.

 

 

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Jessie Roberts

   Researcher

Jessie has had the privilege of travelling, hiking, camping and exploring throughout remote areas of Namibia. This exploration has instilled in her a love for all life, and wonder for the intricacies of ecosystems and the need for adaptive multi-disciplinary conservation of entire environments, especially in areas affected by rapid global changes. This led her to study a B.Sc. in Applied Biology and Evolution and Ecology as well as an Honours degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. After completing these studies, she returned to Namibia interested in changes over time in a changing world to work as a researcher at Gobabeb to help protect our beautiful natural heritage.

Housekeeping Team

Linda Bees

Linda Bees

Housekeeper

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 Swartbooi

Rita Swartbooi

Housekeeper

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 Swartbooi

Selma Swartbooi

Housekeeper

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.

Technical Team

Josef Gariseb

Josef Gariseb

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 /Khurisab

Jeffrey /Khurisab

General Worker

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 Swartbooi

Richardt Swartbooi

General Worker

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.

 

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Sameül //Gowaseb

General Worker

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.

 

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