Dr Mzime Ndebele-Murisa is an ecologist with extensive experience in biodiversity and conservation, natural resources management, environmental change analysis particularly climate trend analyses and modelling, aquatic and wildlife ecology and climate adaptation. Mzime also has experience in field-based research particularly in environmental issues, working with environmental management, research and policy organizations in and out of Africa and through various networks. Her research is complimented by professional experience and publications on freshwater/aquatic ecology, biodiversity and conservation, climate change, environmental law and policy, limnology, African lakes, ecosystem services, environmental management, climate change impacts and adaptation and most recently includes a key contribution to the fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC under Working Group II Chapter 22 (Impacts on Africa). She is currently the Deputy Dean in the School. She also works as a Research Leader and Lecturer, and has previously taught at the University of Zimbabwe for a number of years.