The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) would like to congratulate Tsilavo Razafimanantsoa on the upgrade of his M.Sc. to a Ph.D., which was officially approved in November 2017. Tsilavo joined the PCU in 2016 as an M.Sc. Candidate in Palaeoecology and Ecosystem-based Adaptation under the co-supervision of A/Prof Lindsey Gillson (PCU) and Emeritus Professor William Bond in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Read the article to learn more!
On Friday 8 December 2017, the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) celebrated a successful year with a relaxed afternoon braai in Lakeside with PCU staff, students and collaborators. We were especially glad to welcome John Watermeyer who actively contributes to our citizen science project, rePhotoSA; as well as PCU research associate Peter Carrick. Read the full article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by several international authors and Lindsey Gillson in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. The article is titled, "Interconnected place-based social–ecological research can inform global sustainability” and was published online in December 2017. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
On 22-23 November 2017, four members of the Plant Conservation Unit participated in a mini conference at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Stellenbosch University. The aim of the conference was to connect postgraduate students from three different fields of interest namely social sciences, anthropology and natural sciences. The mini conference provided a good opportunity for inter-disciplinary conversations and potential future collaborations, which may hopefully produce research that both conserves the biodiversity of an area while promoting sustainable livelihoods for the people living in those areas. Read the full article to learn more.