Karien works for the Agricultural Research Council - Onderstepoort Veterinary
Research (ARC-OVR) as a researcher in Epidemiology, Parasites and Vectors (EPV).
She specialises in Culicoides biting midge identification, distribution and taxonomy. She
is in charge of the National Insect Collection of Diptera of Veterinary Importance,
housed at the ARC-OVR. She conducts Culicoides surveys, presents workshops, and
assists students and researchers with Culicoides identification both locally and
internationally. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for a number
She is registered with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) and is the
Secretary of the South African Association for Veterinary Technologists (SAAVT). In
her spare time she reads, is a book reviewer for a women’s magazine, does ballroom
dancing and spends time with her family and animals.