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.

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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Marie Jordaan

Author Marie Jordaan is a scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute and has made significant contributions to tree classification. Books by Maria Jordaan Click the titles below to shop online at shop.briza Dictionary of names for southern African...

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Margaret Roberts

Briza Publications author Margaret Roberts (1937 – 2017) has published several books and articles on herbs, health and gardening. She is well known for her television shows, radio appearances and lavender collection marketed through Woolworths. She runs the Herbal...

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Lynton Johnson

Briza Publications author Lynton Johnson (deceased 20 June 2014) has been involved in the landscape design and horticultural industry in South Africa and internationally for more than 40 years. Dedicated to teaching the joys of gardening in all its forms, this is his...

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Lambert Smith

Briza Publications author Lambert Smith (deceased 2016) was an internationally published photographer who has trained in South Africa, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland and has more than 40 years experience as a professional photographer. He was an avid naturalist and...

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Jutta von Breitenbach

Briza Publications author Jutta von Breitenbach (deceased 11 August 2016) was a respectable figure in South African botanical circles. She was Chief Secretary of the Dendrological Society of South Africa, and has devoted her life to the study and preservation of...

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Jacobus (Koos) Roux

Briza Publications author Jacobus "Koos" Roux (deceased 12 May 2013) was born in Villiersdorp in the Western Cape and trained as a horticulturist, working as Curator of the Drakensberg Botanical Garden in Harrismith until 1984. He was awarded his PhD in Plant Taxonomy...

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Erik Holm

Briza Publications author Erik Holm is an entomologist whose fascination with the world of insects began in his childhood. Growing up in Magaliesberg, Erik Holm spent much of his time studying insects and trying to understand their world. He went on to make a career...

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Elna Venter

Briza Publications author Elna Venter (deceased 29 May 2012) was a tree enthusiast who served on the Central Committee of the Dendrological Society of Southern Africa intermittently between 2000 and 2011. She was also a member of the local committee of the Outeniqua...

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Dee Snijman

Briza Publications author Dee Snijman is also a research scientist at Kirstenbosch. She is an expert on the taxonomy and biology of the family Amaryllidaceae. She has published many scientific papers and two monographs, on Haemanthus (1984) and Hessea, Strumaria, and...

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Danielle James

Briza Publications author Danielle James runs an environmental consultancy in partnership with her husband Barry James. She is passionate about getting others excited about the diversity and beauty of South African Indigenous woods. Books by Danielle James Click the...

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Colin Paterson-Jones

Briza Publications author Colin Paterson-Jones is a full-time freelance nature photographer and writer. He has published several coffee table books on Southern Africa's unique and beautiful flora and fauna that combine his long-lasting interest in photography with a...

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Charles Ceronio

Briza Publications author Charles S. Ceronio has been designing bonsai plants for more than four decades. He studied the art of bonsai under the guidance of the world-famous bonsai master, John Naka and is co-founder of the Pretoria Bonsai Kai. He is the originator of...

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Brenda Clarke

Briza Publications author Brenda Clarke (1917-2012) studied Botany at the University of Pretoria and worked as a microbiologist, doing flower painting as a hobby. After retirement she traveled extensively in northern South Africa combining two of her interests - bird...

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Barry Rice

Briza Publications author Barry Rice has been interested in growing bizarre plants from every genus thought to be carnivorous (except Triphyophyllum) since 1985, and has produced many noteworthy carnivorous plant cultivars. Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1963,...

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Izak van der Merwe

Briza Publications author Izak van der Merwe is a forestry scientist with the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. He is the coordinator of the Champion Tree Project and a member of the Dendrological Society where he serves on the Central Committee, being...

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Karen Esler

Briza Publications author Karen J. Esler developed her interest in the Karoo while studying for a BSc degree at the University of Cape Town. She formalized her interest in the Karoo by completing her PhD (1993) on vegetation dynamics at Tierberg, the Karoo Biome...

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Lynn Hurry

Briza Publications author Lynn Hurry is an environmental education specialist. He is the Director of Ecology-Made-Easy/Aardvark Publications and frequently writes and publishes resource materials in support of educators at all levels of teaching and learning.His...

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Meg Coates Palgrave

Briza Publications author Meg Coates Palgrave (née Stead) is an enthusiastic dendrologist. She was born in Bulawayo and educated in what is now Mutare. Her father was employed in what was then called the Native Department until he moved to farm at Nyanga when she was...

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Naas Grové

Briza Publikasies outeur Naas Grové is van kleins af geaard: veldswerwer, naturalis, boomliefhebber en fotograaf. Hy het oor die jare ’n baie sterk band met die natuur opgebou, in besonder met bome. Die majestieuse teenwoordigheid van bome vul ‘n besondere plek in sy...

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Charl de Villiers

Briza Publications author Charl de Villiers is an environmental consultant with a keen interest in biodiversity mainstreaming and ecosystem-based management. Charl lectures on biodiversity and integrated environmental management at the three Western Cape universities....

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Tinus Oberholzer

Briza Publications author Tinus Oberholzer holds a degree in horticulture and has had experience in propagation and production of nursery plants as well as plant marketing. Tinus has contributed to the writing and editing of various gardening books, and also writes...

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Suzanne J. Milton

Briza Publications author Suzanne J. Milton (BABSc, PhD), born July 1952 in Cape Town, married to ornithologist Dr. W.R.J. Dean Sue Milton worked as an ecologist from 1977 to 2005, carrying out research in the arid and semi-arid parts of South Africa, and lecturing on...

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Stephanie Dyer

Briza Publications author Stephanie Dyer's interest in wood led to a career in wood science. Stephanie holds a Masters degree in plant anatomy from the University of Pretoria and provides a wood identification and timber information service as the owner Timber...

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Shirley Pierce

Briza Publications author Shirley Pierce, PhD is a plant ecologist and science communication consultant. Shirley has researched and published across a wide range of fields, from estuarine to fynbos systems. Currently she directs communication for invasive alien plant...

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Sharon Walker

Being primarily a high school teacher, author Sharon Walker only became interested in all things gardening related after her children were born. This love affair blossomed and whilst the children were still very young, Sharon then qualified as a garden designer...

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Sean Patrick

Briza Publications author Sean Patrick has spent most of his life in close proximity to nature. He was schooled in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and then studied agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (UK). After a brief stint in farming, his love of...

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Saartjie Kidson

Briza Publications author Saartjie Kidson is an avid outdoor person and fanatical bird watcher as well as the Founder of the Naboomspruit Bird Club. She likes to travel to far places for rare and elusive birds of the world and to study the trees and butterflies of the...

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Roger Fisher

Briza Publications author Roger Fisher is a Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria. His interest in the genus Clivia is as a hobbyist and as an aspect of cultural heritage. He is a member of the Clivia Society and he...

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Richard Dean

Briza Publications author Richard Dean is an ornithologist with a strong interest in biogeography, particularly in the effects of historical and present land use changes on the distributions of birds. He has worked in the field in Angola, Cabinda, Namibia, Zimbabwe...

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Reg Botha

Briza Publications author Reg Botha is a well-known landscape designer who shares his passion for gardening in many ways. Not only is he renowned for the beautiful gardens he designs, but also for the lectures and gardening courses he presents all over South Africa...

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Pitta Joffe

Briza Publications author Pitta Joffe grew up on a farm in Muldersdrift, where her love for indigenous plants originated. She matriculated at Rooseveld High School in Johannesburg and got her B.Sc degree in Botany and Zoology at Wits University. She worked for...

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Peter Le Sueur Milstein

Briza Publications author Peter le Sueur Milstein comes of a nature-loving family, and is a direct descendant of the Huguenots. He was educated at Potchefstroom Boys High School, and spent much of his boyhood in the marshes along the Mooi River, where Austin Roberts...

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Peter Goldblatt

Briza Publications author Peter Goldblatt is curator of African botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis. He is a leading expert on the iris family and its relatives. Author of many papers, he has also written several books, including The Moraeas of Southern...

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Peet van der Walt

Briza Publikasies outeur Peet van der Walt is 'n plantkundige en bewaringsbeplanner en die skrywer van verskeie natuurreekse en dorslandboeke. Deur sy werk in hierdie veld het Peet al die Wildtuin se bos vir 'n dekade as inwoner beleef. Briza Publications author Peet...

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Pamela Oberem

Briza Publications author Pamela Oberem is a writer and veterinarian. She began her career as State Veterinarian in the Calvinia district and from there went to Onderstepoort where she specialized in laboratory diagnostics and research into bacterial and viral...

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Nigel Gericke

Briza Publications author Nigel Gericke studied botany and zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating with B.Sc Honours in plant ecology 1978 and then went on to study medicine at the same university, graduating as a medical...

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Niels Jacobsen

Author Niels Jacobsen is an ecological consultant with a lifelong interest in plants and animals including reptiles and amphibians. He has worked for Southern African conservation department for 30 years of which 20 were spent as herpetologist of the former Transvaal...

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Nico Smit

Briza Publications author Nico Smit obtained the degrees B.Agric (1980) and B.Sc. Agric-Hons (Grassland Science) (1983) from the University of the Free State. His professional career started in 1986 with his appointment as agricultural scientist in service of the...

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Neels Esterhuyse

Briza Publications author Neels Esterhuyse was born in Namibia, in the small town of Okahandja in 1935. He spent his youth on the farm Eureka in the Outjo district and attended Outjo primary school. He matriculated at Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, and obtained a...

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Michael Wink

Briza Publications author Michael Wink is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology and a director of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He has a special interest in the chemistry and pharmacology of medicinal...

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Megan Emmet

Briza Publications author Megan Emmet is best described as a naturalist with a creative bent and literary inclinations. With a conservation degree, a Masters degree in Environmental Management, and years of guiding and training field guides in her background, she has...

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Marissa Greeff

Briza Publications author Marissa Greeff is a former journalist for Hoofstad, a newspaper in the former Perskor stable. She lived in Namibia for 10 years and was the Perskor bureau representative in Windhoek until the office was closed in 1983. Since 1990 she has been...

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Lochner de Kock

Briza Publications author Lochner de Kock is a well-known imaginative culinary expert cum playwright. Therefore, cooks can expect an interesting twist in the tail, so to speak, when preparing a traditional South African feast of flavours. Books by Lochner de Kock...

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Lindsay Gray

Briza Publications author Lindsay Gray's School of Garden Design was born out of her mutual love of teaching and gardening. She studied locally and internationally and is fortunate to have been exposed to a variety of garden design styles and the work of several...

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Keith Kirsten

Often called South Africa’s favourite gardener, Briza Publication's author Keith Kirsten has been known by and involved in the gardening and horticultural community for more than 30 years. Keith popularized gardening in South Africa with his infectious enthusiasm and...

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John Manning

Briza Publications author John Manning is a research botanist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town and is a world authority on the Iris and Hyacinth families. His diverse research interests include the evolution and pollination biology of...

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Johannes Maree

Briza Publications author Johannes Maree holds a masters degree in Plant Physiology, as well as an MBA. He has considerable experience in the flower industry and is a regular contributor of magazine articles about cut flowers and related topics. Books by Johannes...

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JJ van Rensburg

Briza Publikasies outeur JJ van Rensburg is 'n gerekende tuinboukundige met 20 jaar ervaring in die groen bedryf by Garden World, en is veral bekend vir sy radio- en televisieoptredes en bydraes tot die tuinbou-rubrieke van verskeie tydskrifte. In die...

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Hermien Söhnge

Briza Publications author Hermien Söhnge's interest in trees results from her involvement with forestry publications as a communications officer with the Department of Forestry and Water Affairs. Books by Hermien Söhnge Click on the titles below to shop online at...

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Herman van Niekerk

Born in Pretoria, 1946 Briza Publications author Herman van Niekerk has been involved in wildlife and nature conservation, environmental matters, archaeology and tourism since 1969. He is the former owner and editor of Aves Bird and Natura Nature magazines and author...

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Hendrik Venter

Briza Publications author Hendrik has been growing orchids for nearly forty years (since the age of 10) and they have become an entrenched part of his life. After various careers in the finance world, as well as a spate of orchid articles in local and overseas...

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Helen Lachenicht

Briza Publications author Helen Lachenicht is the co-author of the bestselling gardening book, Making Sense of Garden Design and Sinvolle Tuinontwerp. Helen recognises good friends and mentors Bruce Stead and Heather Balcomb as instrumental in the creation of Irene...

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Heather Dugmore

Briza publications author Heather Dugmore was born and raised in Johannesburg. Heather moved to the Eastern Cape for her tertiary education and she graduated with a journalism degree from Rhodes University. As a student she was called by a sangoma to take shelter in...

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Harris Steinman

Briza Publications author Harris Steinman, a medical doctor based in Cape Town, has a special interest in allergy and allergens and has written a number of reference books on the subject. A keen photographer since his teenage years, he is largely self-taught but...

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Gideon Smith

Briza Publications author Gideon Smith is a well-known authority on succulent plants and an author of several books on the subject. He holds the position of Research Director of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and is a professor of Botany at the...

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