Claudette Muller

Claudette Muller

Graduated Masters Student

claudettemuller@gmail.com

The social and environmental implications of buchu cultivation
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Rachel Wynberg

Before enrolling in the MPhil Programme in Environment, Society and Sustainability at UCT, I completed a BSc Degree in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University and an Honours Degree in Environmental Science at Rhodes University. My academic training spans both the natural and social science spheres with a focus on community-level natural resource management, environmental governance and climate change adaptation. Research interests include human-environment interaction, environmental governance and policy and sustainable biodiversity use and conservation. My MPhil thesis examined the sustainable trade of the commercially valuable wild buchu plant (Agathosma betulina), specifically looking at the contribution of cultivated buchu to rural livelihoods. I am passionate about applied research that can be translated into practical solutions to environmental and social challenges. I have developed a deep love and appreciation for South Africa and its natural resource wealth and beauty through extensive travels across the country and neighbouring states. Other interests include music and literature.