We would like to give a warm welcome to Kirsti Nghidinwa who has recently joined us as a PhD Candidate in Plant Ecology under the supervision of Timm Hoffman at the Plant Conservation Unit. Kirsti's PhD will focus on the population ecology and extinction risk of Halfmens (Pachypodium namaquanum) in the Lower Orange River Valley. Read the full article to learn more about her. Welcome Kirsti!
Today marks one year since rePhotoSA was officially launched. rePhotoSA is a citizen science repeat photography project of southern African landscapes and is a joint initiative between the Plant Conservation Unit and the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town. Read the full article to learn more about this exciting project.
As part of his Honour's research, Plant Conservation Unit Honours student Ruan de Wet together with his supervisor, Timm Hoffman, recently completed part of his field work in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, which is located on the western border of the Kruger National Park. Ruan’s project forms part of a larger project that has been running since 2001 by Francois de Wet (Ruan's father) to understand how the vegetation is changing over time. Follow the link to read more about Ruan's research and to see some pictures of their recent field trip to the reserve.
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Desale Okubamichael, Sam Jack, J. De Wet Bösenberg, M. Timm Hoffman, John S. Donaldson in the journal, Biodiversity and Conservation. The article is entitled: Repeat photography confirms alarming decline in South African cycads. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-016-1183-x.