In April 2018, PhD student Justin van Blerk together with his supervisor A/Prof Adam West and co-supervisor Prof Timm Hoffman visited his study site to conduct the winter component of the long-term altered rainfall seasonality experiment at Driekuilen Nature Reserve. It was a very chilly but successful trip! Read Justin's article to learn more.
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Cherié J.Forbes, A/Prof. Lindsey Gillson and Prof. M. Timm Hoffman in the journal Anthropocene. The article is titled, "Shifting baselines in a changing world: Identifying management targets in endangered heathlands of the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa” and was published online in June 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
On 22 May 2018, PhD candidate Cherié Forbes attended CapeNature's Quarterly Ecological Meeting (QEM) at the Porterville Library in Porterville, Western Cape. The purpose of the QEM was to allow a space to reflect on and discuss past and upcoming CapeNature activities in the region. The meeting was well-attended with interesting feedback and updates on projects undertaken by CapeNature staff and associates. Read the article written by Cherié to learn more.
On 8 May 2018, Sonto Mtolo, a DST-NRF Intern currently assisting the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) with processing historical collections, graduated from the University of Zululand KwaDlangezwa main Campus. Sonto graduated with Merit in Bachelor of Library and Information Science. The PCU team would like to congratulate Sonto on this wonderful achievement. We are fortunate to have her on our team and we know that she will do well in all her future endeavours. Read the article to learn more!