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Elisha Are graduated from Stellenbosch University with a PhD in Mathematics, after an exciting three years at SACEMA – during which time he accomplished a great deal. His dissertation, entitled “Extinction probabilities for tsetse (Glossina spp.) in a world of changing climate”, was supervised by Prof John Hargrove. While completing his doctorate in under three years, Elisha also produced five papers for publication – three already published, one submitted for publication, and one completed draft. While being so productive on the publishing front, Elisha also found time to represent SACEMA in a science communication competition called FameLab. An article he wrote won the Conversation Africa science writing competition last year and, since being published, has attracted more than 7000 reads. Elisha won travel grants to attend the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Germany in September 2018, the AIMS-NEI Future of Science Conference in July 2019, at AIMS Rwanda, and the Modelling in the Context of African Health Conference in October 2019, at UKZN, Durban. Before graduating he had already been granted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, British Columbia. SACEMA will be sorry to see Elisha go, but we wish him all of the best in his developing career, and we hope he comes back to Africa

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