Welcome Amy Hoffenberg
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.
Born and bred in Cape Town, Amy's strong appreciation of nature and the organisms within it was forged over years of hiking on the slopes of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and family holidays exploring the natural landscapes and ecosystems of southern Africa. This appreciation of the living world led her to begin a career as a budding biologist. She studied for her undergraduate degree in Applied Biology and Genetics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). For her Honours Degree in Applied Biology, also at UCT, she researched the temporal dynamics of surf-diatoms which accumulate forming dark patches at Muizenberg Beach, False Bay. Amy wishes to harness the skills gained from the Conservation Biology Masters programme to ensure the protection of precious biodiversity, whilst balancing human interests. She hopes to inspire people to feel connected to nature and believes that the survival of this planet depends on humans re-establishing this connection. Amy also hopes to proactively play her part in protecting the living world. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, listening to music, enjoying a good glass of wine and working as a part time singer.