A new article by a diverse group of colleagues, including PCU post-doctoral researcher Dr Glynis Humphrey, titled 'Tracking Science: An Alternative for Those Excluded by Citizen Science' was published today 3 March 2021 in the Citizen Science Association journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. The full article is available here.
A new article by Dr Saúl Manzano and Dr Adele Julier, both post-doctoral researchers at the PCU, titled 'How FAIR are plant sciences in the twenty-first century? The pressing need for reproducibility in plant ecology and evolution' was published today 10 February 2021 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Read the full article here.
The Plant Conservation Unit extends hearty congratulations to our Deputy Director Lindsey Gillson on obtaining professorship!
A new commentary by PCU Director Timm Hoffman, research assistant Hana Petersen and colleagues, titled 'Karoo research update: Progress, gaps and threats' was published today 29 January 2021 in the South African Journal of Science. A brief introduction can be found below. The full article is available here.
The Plant Conservation Unit congratulates our Director, Prof Timm Hoffman, on winning the SAAB 2021 Silver Medal Award!
Dr Joseph White, who currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Witwatersrand, recently produced an interactive Google Earth Engine application allowing users to visualise landscape changes along the West Coast.
There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year of firsts for many around the world. For instance, face-to-face meetings have transitioned rather abruptly to meeting online to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF) annual conference has been no exception.
A new paper by Hana Petersen, Sam Jack, Simon Todd and Prof. Timm Hoffman, titled 'Patterns of plant species richness and growth form diversity in critical habitats of the Nama-Karoo Biome, South Africa' was published online in the South African Journal of Botany on 15 September 2020. The abstract can be found below. The full article is available here.
Springtime in the Cape is always a spectacular affair. With the drop in number of infections and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in South Africa coinciding with the start of spring, many are taking the opportunity to enjoy the dazzling floral displays. After a long 6 months of uncertainty, struggle and loss, the abundant beauty that South Africa’s natural spaces continues to provide year after year is something that we can always rely on. This year’s floral displays were particularly splendid, after the abundant rainfall, providing some reprieve after a long period of drought.
A popular article by Dr Glynis Humphrey (PCU, UCT), A/Prof. Gina Ziervogel (ACDI, UCT) and A/Prof. Lindsey Gillson (PCU, UCT), titled 'Trusting local knowledge: the case of fire management in a Namibian park' was published in The Conversation yesterday, 10 September 2020. The article is publicly available here.