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Rethinking the value of historical photograph collections to the LTER network
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 - 14:30

The sudden loss of irreplaceable archives of historical landscape photographs in a natural disaster has highlighted their value and begs a new question: Why are long-term ecological research (LTER) programmes in southern Africa not taking greater advantage of these early baselines of past environments to build upon existing datasets of environmental observation? Read the full article here.

PCU Online Research Symposium
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 - 15:30

The Plant Conservation Unit held an online research symposium on Friday 2 July, to check in with all our students and assistants, and reflect on our progress and achievements so far this year.

Article: 'From the ashes: historical botanic photos destroyed in Cape Town fire resurrected'
Fri, 25 Jun 2021 - 13:00

PCU Director, Prof. Timm Hoffman, was interviewed by The Guardian about the losses incurred by the UCT fire in April. Read the full article here.

Trip report: Repeat photography trip to Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Mon, 31 May 2021 - 12:45

On 18 May 2021, Prof. Timm Hoffman and Hana Petersen joined colleagues from CoCT and CPUT at Tygerberg Nature Reserve to discuss the use of repeat photography in monitoring vegetation recovery.

Mapping the fire on Table Mountain that destroyed the Plant Conservation Unit
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 - 14:15

Research associate Dr Zander Venter, who is currently based in Norway, has developed a sliding tool using Google Earth Engine to visualise the extent of the uncontrolled Table Mountain fire that began on 18 April 2021.

PCU offices on fire
Fire causes loss of the Plant Conservation Unit offices and photographic collections
Mon, 19 Apr 2021 - 10:00

We are heartbroken to report that the uncontrolled fire on Table Mountain on 18 April 2021 has resulted in the complete loss of the Plant Conservation Unit offices, along with irreplaceable collections of photographs.

Trip report: Drilling in Orange Kloof Valley
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 - 11:15

A group of palaeoecologists from the PCU Paleoecology Lab had a very successful trip to the Orange Kloof Valley in February 2021 to collect a very impressive sediment core.

Prof Timm Hoffman gives inaugural presentation to the Royal Society of South Africa
Thu, 18 Mar 2021 - 10:00

PCU Director, Prof Timm Hoffman, was inaugurated as a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2020. He gave a presentation about the Karoo to the Royal Society of South Africa on 17 March 2021. You can watch the 45 minute presentation here.

Dr Estelle Razanatsoa is awarded an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 - 11:00

Dr Estelle Razanatsoa, a post-doctoral researcher at the PCU, has been awarded an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society.

NEW PAPER ALERT: Tracking Science: An Alternative for Those Excluded by Citizen Science
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 - 10:00

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.

NEW PAPER ALERT: How FAIR are plant sciences in the twenty-first century? The pressing need for reproducibility in plant ecology and evolution
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 - 14:30

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.

Congratulations to Professor Lindsey Gillson
Thu, 04 Feb 2021 - 09:45

The Plant Conservation Unit extends hearty congratulations to our Deputy Director Lindsey Gillson on obtaining professorship!

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