Dr Michelle Greve is a senior lecturer at the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She completed her PhD on the patterns of diversity and distribution of African vegetation at macroecological scales at Aarhus University in Denmark in 2011. Thereafter, she took up a postdoctoral fellowship at Aarhus University until she was appointed in her current position in 2013. Her research reflects her interest in biogeography, i.e. understanding how patterns of diversity and distribution of organisms have come about, what these patterns tell us about the evolutionary drivers of these patterns, and how we can use this information for conservation prioritisation, with a particular focus on the Southern Hemisphere. Her work has made significant contributions to the understanding of the biogeography of the region, but has also advanced the field of biogeography conceptually. Dr Greve has published in journals such as Nature Communications, Global Ecology and Biogeography and Journal of Biogeography, and her work has been featured in Science and in the popular media. Dr Greve has awarded a Y1 (promising young researcher) rating from the South African National Research Foundation. She is a young affiliate of the World Academy of Sciences and the Tuks Young Leadership Programme at the University of Pretoria.