The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by James MacPherson, Lindsey Gillson and Timm Hoffman in The Holocene. The article is titled, "Climatic buffering and anthropogenic degradation of a Mediterranean-type shrubland refugium at its semi-arid boundary, South Africa” and was published online in October 2017. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
Sophia Klaase (1982-2017), also known as Vytjie, was a local photographer from the village of Paulshoek in Namaqualand and was well known to the Plant Conservation Unit. Under the leadership and guidance of Rick Rohde and Timm Hoffman, she produced a body of work of over 1,500 photographs which documented village life in Paulshoek over nearly two decades. Many of her photographs are currently being exhibited at Otterbein University in the USA. Read the full article to learn more.
Plant Conservation Unit Masters student Olli Hyvärinen together with his supervisor, Timm Hoffman, recently visited Asante Sana Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape to collect data on vegetation types and cover from 23 to 27 October 2017. Olli is researching long-term vegetation change and its implications on reserve management. This was Olli's first time visiting a game reserve. Not only did he learn a lot about the vegetation types of the area but he also got to meet some great people and saw some fantastic wildlife. Read Olli's article to learn more!
Plant Conservation Unit PhD student, Wesley Bell, returned to Namaqualand during September and October 2017 to collect data for his research into land degradation. Although Wesley managed to collect a good amount of data while visiting some extraordinary landscapes, the overriding influence of the drought was always at the forefront of his mind. In this article, Wesley highlights the plight of farmers during the drought, please read the full article to learn more.