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CONGRESS 55 Meet the new GSSA Vice President: Dr Igshaan Samuels Dr Igshaan Samuels is a senior researcher with the Agricultural Research Council – Range and Forage Sciences and is based in Cape Town. He is a trained rangeland ecologist and conducts his research mainly in pastoral systems in the Succulent and Nama Karoo biomes. He has a keen interest in the impacts of land use on the biodiversity (flora and fauna) and ecosystem function in variable rangelands. His work also focuses on the different livestock management systems in communal and private lands and the underlying knowledge systems used by farmers to make important farming decisions. Dr Samuels collaborates with several local, national and international intuitions and co-supervises masters and PhD students from the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University. Dr Samuels served on the GSSA council previously from 2009- 2015 including the position of President. He also serves as an associate editor for the journals Pastoralism and African Range and Forage Sciences. Given the integrated nature of communal rangelands, he recently also started to incorporate climate change vulnerability and adaptation into his research to have a more holistic understanding of rangeland dynamics in the arid zone. 11 Grassroots Vol 20 No 3 September 2020