The Plant Conservation Unit was sad to learn of the passing of botanist Dr Graham Williamson, who passed away peacefully at his home in Cape Town on 12 October 2017. He was an inspiring and passionate man who will be sorely missed. Read the article to learn more about his life and his contribution to the botanical field.
The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) would like to give a warm welcome to Tamryn Hamilton who has joined the PCU team for the next three months while she works in the palaeo-lab under the guidance of A/Prof. Lindsey Gillson. Tamryn has just begun her Masters at the University of Witwatersrand under the supervision of Prof. Sally Archibald (Wits University) and Stephan Woodborne (iThemba Laboratories). The team is collaborating with Lindsey Gillson and Glynis Humphrey (PCU PhD Candidate). Tamryn says that she is looking forward to her time here at the University of Cape Town and the possibilities it will bring. Welcome Tamryn!
On Friday 6 October 2017, Plant Conservation Unit Masters student, Hana Petersen, delved into her ‘dark past’, presenting her research on a bat species at the Southern African Bat Research Conference (SABRC 2017), held at Kirstenbosch Gardens last week. Hana’s presentation titled, “A first glance at the social vocal and behavioural repertoire of Geoffroy's horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus clivosus”, detailed the findings of her Honours thesis looking at the social calls of R. clivosus in captivity. Read the article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit would like to give a warm welcome to Olli Hyvärinen who has recently joined us as an MSc Candidate in conservation biology under the supervision of Prof. M. Timm Hoffman and co-supervision of Dr Chevonne Reynolds (The Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology). Olli's research will focus on monitoring long-term vegetation change in the Asante Sana Game Reserve, Eastern Cape between 1984 and 2017. Read the article to learn more. Welcome Olli!