Stephan Getzin has a long-standing connection to Namibia and Gobabeb. He studied at the University of Namibia from 1997 to 1999, specialising in the study of grazing gradients in the Daan Viljoen Game Park for his Bachelor's thesis. As part of a student excursion, he made his first field trip to Gobabeb in 1998.
Through his volunteer work with IRDNC in the Kunene, he became acquainted with the fairy circles in the late nineties and published one of the early studies on the subject in 2000. Since then he has published a dozen papers on the fairy circles, including the Australian fairy circles he discovered in 2014. Since 2008, he has continuously worked with a wide variety of drone systems and specialises in the spatial analysis of plant and animal patterns.
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ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephan-Getzin