William Versfeld

Senior Laboratory Technician

(2017 – present) William was born and raised in Namibia, where his father worked for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. He grew up in the bush where he was introduced to, and fell in love with, wildlife at a very young age. After doing his Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch, William decided to continue his studies by doing his Masters in Genetics, focusing on the population genetics of the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in Southern African countries – Namibia, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa. During his master’s study he had the opportunity to participate in field work along the Lower Kunene and Okavango River of Namibia, learning further valuable bush skills. He also used genetic markers to estimate the genetic diversity and structure of the Nile crocodile populations.

William started working at CCF in January 2017, where he is contributing towards conservation genetics in Namibia. His responsibilities are to assist with ongoing conservation research and training Namibian university interns. He was promoted to Senior Laboratory Technician in January 2018.