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Zoleka Filander

Zoleka Filander, 30, is pioneering work in marine biology and helps black students succeed in science research.

The offshore ecologist at the Department of Environmental Affairs in Cape Town, and PhD student at the Nelson Mandela University, has pioneered research using an specially designed underwater camera system to explore the biology of never before seen areas of South Africa’s sea floor, and has personally discovered several new species that she is in the process of documenting. This is helping the department and its conservation partners make critical decisions about management for future development/conservation.

Filander has started projects in the Eastern Cape to help black students access careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and has personally developed and secured funds for this programme. The ongoing, capacity development initiative aims to expose black females to offshore research approaches.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Nominated in category: Visionary

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