From 13th -15th September, UCT hosted an international summit on the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. It was a call to action that brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers on sustainability.
A new article by several PCU researchers, including Dr Estelle Razanatsoa and Prof. Lindsey Gillson, titled ‘Synergy between climate and human land-use maintained open vegetation in southwest Madagascar over the last millennium’ was published on 31 August 2021 in The Holocene. The full article is available here or on request from Dr Razanatsoa.
PhD student, Gina Arena, recently undertook a fieldtrip to Prince Albert between 2 - 5 August 2021, to survey a population of Aloe claviflora plants in the Wolwekraal Nature Reserve.
A new article by several PCU researchers titled ‘Documenting changing landscapes with rePhotoSA: A repeat photography and citizen science project in southern Africa’ was published on 31 July 2021 in Ecological Informatics. The full article is available here, and can be accessed here for free until 3 October 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.