Designation: Research Fellow: Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) - Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Expertise: Climate Change Adaptation, Invasion Biology, Biodiversity, Conservation, Biogeography
Dian Spear was appointed CARIAA-ASSAR Research Fellow in May 2014. Dian is the focal point for the research components of the Southern African regional research programme. This includes oversight of the design of the research, responsibility for supervision of the research and the researchers, and for overall analysis and writing of research reports and papers. She will also be involved in cross-consortia research activities, especially with respect to synthesis and comparative studies across the regions, in partnership with senior researchers leading the other regional research programmes.
Prior to joining ACDI, Dian worked as a Climate Adaptation Specialist for the United Nations Environment Programme in Afghanistan and developed Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects at C4 EcoSolutions. Dian has a BSc Honours in African Vertebrate Biodiversity (Rhodes University), an MSc in Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town), a PhD in Zoology (Stellenbosch University) and four years of post-doctoral research experience in global change. Dian's previous research has focused on applied conservation science to inform management and policy regarding the human-aided movement of species.