On Monday, 3 December 2018, members of the Plant Conservation Unit team and associates gathered to have some lunch at the UCT Club at the University of Cape Town to celebrate a fun and successful year and to bid farewell to Samantha Venter and Sally Mashele. The PCU would like to extend its utmost appreciation and gratitude to Samantha Venter and Sally Mashele for playing such a significant role. We wish you all the best! Read the article to learn more.
On 30 November 2018, two Plant Conservation Unit PhD students, Wesley Bell and Gina Arena, participated in the Department of Biological Sciences Research Day for postgraduates held at Hlanganani Junction in the main library at the University of Cape Town #UCTBioDay2018. The mini-symposium was well-organised with a programme consisting of 19 oral and 6 poster presentations from the marine, botanical, zoological and ecological sciences. Read the full article to learn more!
A conference on the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation was recently held from 28-30 August 2018 at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. The conference was hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and was organised in association with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. The Plant Conservation Unit’s PhD student Kirsti Nghidinwa was among the participants. read the full article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit would like to give a warm welcome to Amy Hoffenberg who has recently joined us as an MSc Candidate in Conservation Biology under the supervision of A/Prof Lindsey Gillson and co-supervision of Cherié Forbes. Amy aims to investigate changes in water quality over time (centennial timescales) through fossil diatom analysis of sediment cores from an upland conservation site and an lowland agricultural site in the Cape Floristic Region with the goal of informing conservation and land-use management practices in the region. Welcome Amy!