We would like to give a warm welcome to Gina Arena who has recently joined us as a PhD Candidate in rangeland ecology under the co-supervision of Prof. Timm Hoffman (PCU), Helga van der Merwe (SAEON and PCU Honorary Research Associate) and Tim O’Connor (SAEON). Gina's research will focus on the long-term vegetation change on rangelands influenced by historical and current land use practices and climate change in the Eastern Cape’s Nama Karoo-Grasslands biome interface. Read the full article to learn more about her. Welcome Gina!
We would like to give a warm welcome to Wesley Bell who has recently joined us as a PhD Candidate in conservation ecology under the supervision of Prof. M. Timm Hoffman. Wesley's research will focus on the threats and opportunities posed by land degradation in Namaqualand. Read the full article to learn more about him. Welcome Wesley!
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Claire Davis, Timm Hoffman and Wesley Roberts in the South African Journal of Botany. The article is titled, "Long-term trends in vegetation phenology and productivity over Namaqualand using the GIMMS AVHRR NDVI3g data from 1982 to 2011”. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
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.