Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Marion Bamford
Chief Scientific Co-ordinator

Professor Bamford is the Deputy Director and a Reader for the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds memberships to a variety of professional bodies and associations, including PAST, the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa; the Royal Society of Southern Africa; International Association of Wood Anatomists; International Organization of Palaeobotany; Botanical Society of South Africa; South African Committee on Stratigraphy – Biostratigraphy; SASQUA (South African Society for Quaternary Research) and PAGES (Past Global Changes).


Margaret Avery
Committee Member

Margaret is a palaeoecologist with a D.Phil. from Stellenbosch, and is an Honorary Associate of the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town. Dr Avery applies fossil micro-mammalian evidence to understanding the environmental background of human biological and technical evolution in South Africa.


Dr. Johann Neveling
Committee Member

Dr. Johann Neveling, geologist and palaeontologist at the Council for Geosciences in Pretoria, has a wide knowledge of the stratigraphy and vertebrate fossils of the South African Karoo basin. He works on a variety of projects with other palaeontologists in this area and also on younger sediments and faunas. As the immediate past president of the Palaeontological Society of southern Africa he has also been active in developing government policy on palaeontology.

Jackson Njau
Committee Member

Jackson Njau is a palaeoanthropologist and the principal curator at the National Natural History Museum in Arusha, Tanzania. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University, and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interest is understanding the impact of predation from large carnivores on the evolution of early hominids.