On 24 January 2017, a group of researchers interested in the biodiversity and environmental change of the Cape Floristic Region attended a workshop in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. The event was organised and facilitated by A/Prof Lindsey Gillson, Deputy Director of the Plant Conservation Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The purpose of the workshop was to reflect on past research, and to brainstorm ideas for future research collaboration within the UCT Department of Biological Sciences as well as with other organisations such as SANParks, SAEON, the University of Stellenbosch, and the University of Witwatersrand. Article written and supplied by Cherié Forbes.
You are warmly invited to join us tomorrow evening (1 February 2017, 5:30 for 6 PM) at Clarke’s Bookshop in Cape Town to celebrate the launch of Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase. The book is edited by Rick Rohde and Siona O’Connell, with a foreword by award winning South African writer, Zoë Wicomb. Please click here to listen to Siona talking about the book.
Kirsti Nghidinwa, Conservation Scientist with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia and PhD Candidate at the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU), has recently been appointed as the Alternate Representative of the CITES Plants Committee in Africa. Nominees were selected at CITES CoP17, which was held from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The PCU would like to congratulate Kirsti on this appointment. It is a wonderful achievement and we know that Kirsti’s dedication and enthusiasm will assist her greatly in this endeavour. Read the article to learn more.
Carien Kleinjan and Fiona Impson, have recently returned from a brief trip to the “DENEL - Overberg Test Range” in the vicinity of De Hoop Nature Reserve. The “invasive Australian Acacia team” have been conducting research in the area since 2003. A principal focus has been long term evaluation of the seed-bank dynamics of Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops), under different ecological scenarios such as the density of invasion coupled with the impacts of fire events and fire intensity. Ultimately, the goal is to shed light on the role that seed-reducing biological control agents are playing in seed-bank dynamics. Read Carien's article to learn more.