Experts' profiles - Henk Bouwman
Henk Bouwman
Henk Bouwman was born in 1958 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Part of his schooling was three years in Holland. After matriculating at Middelburg High School (Mpumalanga), he obtained his B.Sc (1981), B.Sc Hons (1982), M.Sc (1984) and Ph.D (1990) at the PU vir CHO.

For his Ph.D he was a Medical Research Council bursar, working on the levels and dynamics of DDT, as used in malaria control, in humans, fish, birds and the environment. He started his career as a Medical/Senior Medical Researcher at the MRC (Environmental Diseases 1988-1990), Senior Lecturer (PU vir CHO, 1990-1995), Assistant Director and Specialist Scientist, Agricultural Research Council,
1996-1999), and Professor (PU vir CHO, 2000-current). He has published 48 refereed papers in scientific journals, and is involved in a number of projects, both as leader / co-ordinator, or as collaborator or advisor, with local and international research organizations (e.g. United Nations Environment Programme / Global Environment Facility, SIDA, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and ARC). He has travelled extensively overseas.

His work concentrates mainly on the ecology of birds and the so called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). He has acted as advisor to the Government on POPs and has also been an accredited member of the South African team in international negotiation fora. Other aspects of his work relates to endocrine disruptors and the effects of pollutants on earthworms and birds. In 2000 he was appointed by the NWU as Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences and Development, and his research is conducted in the research focus area: Environmental Science and Management. His current teaching includes evolutionary theory, zoogeography and animal behaviour at the pre-graduate level, and various aspects of pollution and impact on the post-graduate level. He is currently leader and a co-leader for more than 10 M.Sc and Ph.D students on various aspects of pollution, POPs and birds.

Most recently he served his second term as a project evaluator for the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility with the responsibility of evaluating national and international applications for GEF sponsored projects.
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