Dr Tsitsi S. Maponga is a National Research Foundation-funded postdoctoral researcher at the South African Environmental Observation Network, under the primary mentorship of Dr Dave I. Thompson and her former PhD supervisors. Tsitsi has a PhD in Plant Ecology (2021) from the University of the Witwatersrand under the supervision of Professor Ed. T.F. Witkowski and Professor Hilton G.T. Ndagurwa. She obtained her MSc in Sustainability (Environment & Development) at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, funded by the Canon Collins Trust and her BSc (Hons) was in Forest Resources and Wildlife Management from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe.