Michael Samways has a PhD from London University and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of South Africa, and Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Michael is a John Herschel Medalist of the Royal Society of South Africa, Senior Captain Scott Medalist of the South African Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Gold Medalist of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He won the Distinguished Scientist Award at the Global Conference of Entomology 2011. He has produced eight books, three Special Issues, 50 book chapters, and 260 peer-reviewed scientific papers.