John Simaika’s fascination with dragonflies

Stellenbosch University water ecologist Dr John Simaika has spent lots of time around dragonflies since one serendipitously landed on his dinner plate while he was discussing his honours degree project. Along with his former postgraduate supervisor, the renowned insect conservationist Prof Michael Samways of the SU Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, he has recently…

Insect conservationist sets his sights on happiness

Insect conservationist Prof. Michael Samways is known for his conservation endeavours across the agricultural mosaic, for how he has helped to restore Seychelles island ecosystems and for his rediscovery of lost dragonflies. However, he recently pushed his academic writings aside for something different: a self-help book that combines deep philosophy and biology to give readers guidance…