Sophia Klaase passed away on 9 March 2017 in an Upington hospital at the age of 35. Sophia (or Vytjie as she was more widely known) comes from the Namaqualand village of Paulshoek in the Leliefontein communal area and was well known to the Plant Conservation Unit. She documented village life over nearly two decades, exhibited her work at the District Six Museum in Cape Town and recently published a book called, ‘Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase'. Read the tribute written by Timm Hoffman to learn more about Sophia's life and works.
Abraham Dabengwa and Glynis Humphrey, PhD candidates at the Plant Conservation Unit, recently presented their research results at the SANParks 15th Annual Savanna Science Network Meeting in Skukuza, Kruger National Park. The meeting hosted by SANParks Scientific Services is the most important annual meeting as it presents an exciting opportunity for researchers to share ideas, their research findings and provides a platform for dialogue between scientists. Read Glynis's article to learn more about the conference.
Plant Conservation Unit Masters student, Hana Petersen, and her co-supervisor, Sam Jack, spent another week sampling sites in the Eastern Karoo last week. She last visited her study in September 2016. Read Hana's article to learn more!
The Animal Demography Unit hosted their 24th Citizen Scientist Day at Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, Gauteng on Saturday 25 February 2017. It was a wonderful day with a variety of talks on citizen science projects, including rePhotoSA, followed by a workshop led by Peter Greaves on how to upload photos to The Virtual Museum.