In November 2016, six months after the experimental burning of 12 Fynbos and 12 Renosterveld plots within Driekuilen Nature Reserve, MSc graduate, Justin van Blerk, and Timm Hoffman, Director of the Plant Conservation Unit, headed out to conduct the first of many post-fire vegetation-recovery surveys. Justin and Timm have written about their experience and have provided us with some wonderful pictures of their time in the field. Read the full article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Joseph White, Sam Jack, Timm Hoffman, James Puttick and others in the open-access journal, BMC Ecology. The article is entitled, "Collapse of an iconic conifer: long-term changes in the demography of Widdringtonia cedarbergensis using repeat photography". The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here. Please also see the video abstract here.
rePhotoSA is gaining momentum with ever increasing interest from the public. On Saturday morning (19 November 2016), rePhotoSA was the topic for discussion between Tim Neary, the host of the Sappi Nature Journal programme on Radio Today, and Samantha Venter, the rePhotoSA Project Coordinator based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Read the full article for more information!
Recently, the PCU team (Timm Hoffman, Sam Jack and Wesley Bell) together with Dr Joe McAuliffe (Director of Research at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona) set off to Namaqualand, from sites south of Klawer to the east of Vanrhynsdorp, east of Nuwerus and finally west of Steinkopf over a period of 11 days. The purpose of the field trip was to locate, measure and sample heuweltjies to better understand their formation. Read the full article written by Sam and Wesley to learn more about heuweltjies and their exciting trip!