Plant Conservation Unit Masters student Olli Hyvärinen together with his supervisor, Timm Hoffman, recently visited Asante Sana Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape to collect data on vegetation types and cover from 23 to 27 October 2017. Olli is researching long-term vegetation change and its implications on reserve management. This was Olli's first time visiting a game reserve. Not only did he learn a lot about the vegetation types of the area but he also got to meet some great people and saw some fantastic wildlife. Read Olli's article to learn more!
Plant Conservation Unit PhD student, Wesley Bell, returned to Namaqualand during September and October 2017 to collect data for his research into land degradation. Although Wesley managed to collect a good amount of data while visiting some extraordinary landscapes, the overriding influence of the drought was always at the forefront of his mind. In this article, Wesley highlights the plight of farmers during the drought, please read the full article to learn more.
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!