The Plant Conservation Unit would like to give a warm welcome to Amy Hoffenberg who has recently joined us as an MSc Candidate in Conservation Biology under the supervision of A/Prof Lindsey Gillson and co-supervision of Cherié Forbes. Amy aims to investigate changes in water quality over time (centennial timescales) through fossil diatom analysis of sediment cores from an upland conservation site and an lowland agricultural site in the Cape Floristic Region with the goal of informing conservation and land-use management practices in the region. Welcome Amy!
In October 2018, the Plant Conservation Unit team including Timm Hoffman, Marianna Lot, Samantha Venter, Sally Mashele, Gina Arena, Wesley Bell, & Sonto Mtolo attended the Arid Zone Ecology Forum conference held in Robertson in the Western Cape. The team had a fantastic time - read the full article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Michael Cramer, Simon Power, Anastas Belev, Lindsey Gillson, William Bond, Timm Hoffman and Lars Hedin in the journal Ecography. The article is titled, "Are forest-shrubland mosaics of the Cape Floristic Region an example of alternate stable states?” and was published online in September 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
On 4 August 2018, Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) Director, Prof. Timm Hoffman, and PCU research assistant, Sally Mashele, took Dr Kimberlie McCue and her husband, Michael, to visit the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden in Worcester, Western Cape. The team met with the curator, Werner Voigt and took a tour of the area. Overall it was a wonderful day! Read the full article to learn more.