Welcome to the Afromontane Research Unit: A continental leader in African mountain research....

The ARU is governed by two bodies: the ARU Advisory Board and the ARU Committee. 

The ARU Advisory Board was established to provide advice give strategic direction to the ARU. The board is in its second cycle, with a new board that has been finalised for 2019–2021. The current Board comprises the following members: 

  • Dr Reeto S Sogani (researcher and practitioner, Himalayas, India).
  • Dr Carolina Adler (Executive Director: Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland).
  • Dr Greg Greenwood (Former Director: Mountain Research Initiative, Switzerland).
  • Dr Mariamawit Yonathan Yeshak (Co-chair, Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences, Ethiopia).
  • Dr Susanna Venn (Deakin University, Australia).
  • Dr William (Billy) Schumann (Center for Appalachian Studies Appalachian State University, USA).
  • Morena Ntsane Mopeli (Bakoena Royal House, Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa).
  • Johan Pauw (Managing Director: South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), SOUTH AFRICA).
  • Mohape Pepene (Research Division: Free State Department of Education, South Africa).
  • Prof Courtney Flint (Utah State University, USA).
  • Prof Martin Price (Director: Centre for Mountain Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK).
  • Prof Stefan Grab (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa).
  • Dr Glen Taylor (Senior Director: Research Development, UFS, South Africa).
  • Dr Martin Mandew (Campus Principal: QwaQwa Campus, UFS,South Africa).
  • Prof Pearl Sithole (Vice-Principal: Academic and Research, Qwaqwa Campus, UFS, South Africa).
  • Dr Ralph Clark (Director: ARU, UFS, South Africa).
  • Prof Corli Witthuhn (Chair; Vice-Rector: Research, UFS, South Africa).

Contact us

Dr V Ralph Clark 
Director: Afromontane Research Unit
       T: +27 58 718 5407
         E: ClarkVR@ufs.ac.za

Lethiwe Sokhela 
Assistant Officer: Research Development

       T: +27 58 718 5292
             E: SokhelaLN@ufs.ac.za