Briza Authors

At Briza, our authors are our pride! They are specialists in their fields and above all great writers, producing excellent books which educate us and lead us to a greater understanding of our world.

Ben-Erik van Wyk

Briza Publications author Ben-Erik van Wyk holds a BSc degree in Forestry and Nature Conservation, as well as MSc and PhD degrees in botany. Ben-Erik has been a lecturer in botany since 1985 and a professor of botany since 1990. In 2013, he was appointed in a new National Research Chair in Indigenous Plant Use (based at the University of Johannesburg).

His research focus has broadened from highly specialised plant taxonomy to more generalised and interdisciplinary research into useful plants and economic botany. Together with collaborators and students, he has written more than 300 peer-reviewed research papers, 19 books (including seven international titles, some translated into German, Polish and Korean), 40 formal taxonomic treatments of genera, including 85 new species and 10 new genera. He has supervised 20 MSc students (15 cum laude) and 14 PhD students (six of whom are now professors). He has many scientific collaborators from a range of institutions such as Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Heidelberg University (Germany) and the Komarov Botanical Institute (Russia).

He was elected as a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in 2013. The South African Association of Botanists (SAAB) honoured him with the prestigious SAAB Gold Medal in 2015.

Books by Ben-Erik van Wyk

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Rolf Becker

Briza Publications author Rolf Becker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as a Master of Science and PhD in Biochemistry. He was Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Limpopo for 20 years, while also furthering his...

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Alma Möller

Briza Publications author Alma Möller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Genetics, and a Master of Science in Entomology, after obtaining a postgraduate certificate in Electron Microscopy. She worked at the University of Limpopo as Electron...

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CJ Cilliers

Author CJ Cilliers is a retired researcher with a PhD in entomology. She is known for her research on the biological control of insects pests and aquatic weeds, implementing biological control and integrated pest and weed management in South Africa and elsewhere. This...

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CE van Ginkel

Author CE van Ginkel is a freshwater scientist, with a PhD in botany. As a special scientist in the then Department of Water Affairs, she practised aquatic science over several decades throughout South Africa. She was the coordinator of the National Eutrophication...

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Piet van Wyk

The late author Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was a biologist who worked for three decades as a researcher in the Kruger National Park. He authored several popular books on southern African trees. Wyle outeur Piet van Wyk (1931 - 2006) was 'n bioloog wat drie dekades as...

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