Dr Kristi Maciejewski

Researcher

kristi@sun.ac.za

Field of research

  • Social-ecological systems
  • Resilience
  • Regime shifts
  • Ecosystem services
  • Conservation ecology

Profile

Kristi has a PhD in Zoology but is an ecologist at heart with a strong research focus on social-ecological systems. She is particularly interested in topics focused around the resilience of social-ecological systems and the impact on ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

Her current focus as a postdoctoral researcher with the CST lies on regime shifts, particularly dryland degradation – large, abrupt changes in dryland ecosystem that are often difficult to predict and reverse. Through her research, Kristi aims to identify the key drivers responsible for this regime shift and develop methods to identify, detect and build resilience in these social-ecological systems.