Senior Ecologist and Education Officer
(1997 – present) Matti assists with ongoing ecological research and the bush encroachment program. He is responsible for training student interns from the Polytechnic of Namibia and University of Namibia (UNAM) and coordinates environmental education and outreach programs at CCF.
Matti has seven years’ experience in field surveys and worked as an interviewer for field surveys at the Multidisciplinary Research, Social Sciences Division of the University of Namibia prior to joining CCF in February 1997 as a trainee. He conducted a baseline vegetation survey for the Fire Management Trial Plots at Kanovlei Forestry Research Station, Western Bushmanland, for the Directorate of Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and holds a National Diploma in Natural Resource Management and a B-Tech from Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek. Matti earned his Master’s in Environmental Management from the University of the Free State, South Africa, in 2008.
In 2006, Matti was named a Conservation Hero by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund (DWCF) for his outstanding commitment to environmental education in Namibia and the important contributions he has made researching cheetahs and their habitats. He also received the 2005 Cheetah Conservation Educator Award in recognition for his contribution to environmental education and, especially, predator conservation, which helps to ensure the cheetah will be enjoyed by future generations.