Introducing REPHOTOSA DIGITAL JIGSAW PUZZLES! We are happy to provide a more interactive way of browsing the collections available on the rePhotoSA website, and which is more accessible to everyone in our diverse citizen science community. Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to engage your mind and use your observation skills without needing to travel or use a camera. They challenge us to really look at the landscape and quite literally piece it together to see the full picture. They also make a fun and engaging activity for kids!
A study by researchers Wataru Tokura (CB Masters 2015, UCT), Hermenegildo Matimele (CB Masters 2015, UCT), Julian Smit (Geomatics, UCT) and Timm Hoffman (PCU, UCT), titled 'Long-term changes in forest cover in a global biodiversity hotspot in southern Mozambique' was recently published in Bothalia. The full article is available here.
A new study by PCU researchers Glynis Joy Humphrey, Lindsey Gillson and colleague Gina Ziervogel titled 'How changing fire management policies affect fire seasonality and livelihoods' was published on 10 June 2020 in Ambio. The full article is available here.
In recent years there has been growing popularity of a group of medicinal plants in the Apocynaceae family locally known in Namibia as 'Dhingila'. The root of these plants is claimed to cure various ailments, including cancer. Concern over unsustainable harvesting practices has prompted the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism to take conservation action. PCU’s PhD Candidate Kirsti Nghidinwa and Dr Ezequiel Fabiano of the University of Namibia (UNAM) are leading the project in Namibia, with the much appreciated assistance of UNAM student Tanaka Muradzikwa who is manning the trap in Zambezi Region. There has been some confusion, however, regarding the botanical name of the plants, with some media articles citing an unrelated species that is also reported to “cure” cancer.