Ian Engelbrecht currently works as the Invertebrate Conservation Scientist in the provincial government Nature Conservation body in Gauteng Province, South Africa. He has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, and is currently studying computer science intending to become more heavily involved in biodiversity and eco-informatics.
Ian has had an avid interest in scorpions since the age of 8 years. He joined the Spider Club of Southern Africa at age 10 and was its Chairman for several years.
During 2015 and 2016 several baboon spider specimens (Araneae: Theraphosidae) were collected in central Angola during surveys undertaken for the Okavango Wilderness Project. These collections represent range and habitat extensions for Pterinochilus Pocock, 1897, Ceratogyrus Pocock, 1897 and Phoneyusa Karsch, 1884. The new species Ceratogyrus attonitifer sp. n. is described from female specimens and the distribution of genera mapped. Central and eastern Angola is severely under sampled for theraphosid spiders, with every species collected during the survey either being potentially new to science or representing a significant range extension for the genus.
Species described or mentioned