Born on 25 January 1963 in Zimbabwe (currently a South African citizen), I am a mammalogist specializing in the systematics, ecology and conservation biology of small mammals, in particular rodents, shrews, bats and carnivores. I was employed as Curator of Mammals and Acting Director at the Durban Natural Science Museum from 1989 to 2010. Since February 2010, I have been employed as Associate Professor (2010-2012), Professor (2012-present) and South African Research Chair on “Biodiversity Value & Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve” (2013 to present) at the University of Venda. I serve on the editorial board of four international scientific journals and have been elected to the boards of several scientific societies including the International Federation of Mammalogists (Board of Directors: 2008-2013), IUCN Species Survival Group Specialist Groups on Chiroptera (2001-2003) and Non Volant Small Mammals (2009-present), the Southern African Society of Systematic Biology (Founder Member and Executive Council: 2005-present), the Zoological Society of Southern Africa (President: 2010-2012) and the Bat Interest Group of KwaZulu-Natal (Founder and Life Member). I have authored three scientific books and around 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. I have supervised 12 MSc and 8 PHD degrees. My H-factor is currently 17 (based on Thomson’s ISI).