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PCU attends 11th Annual Science Postgraduate Symposium
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 08:00

On 10 September 2018, the Science Postgraduate Students Council and the Faculty of Science Committee on Postgraduate Affairs hosted the 11th Annual Science Symposium titled, ‘Communicate to Collaborate: Reaching scientists across all disciplines at the University of Cape Town'. For the first time in the symposium’s history students from Stellenbosch University were invited to contend in the event. Glynis Humphrey and Ruan De Wet from the Department of Biological Sciences presented at the event. Read the article to learn more!

PCU attends The Conversation - Africa writing workshop at South African Astronomical Observatory
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 09:00

On Monday 10 September 2018, the South African Astronomical Observatory hosted an introductory writing workshop facilitated by The Conversation - Africa in Cape Town. The workshop was centred on learning to write and improve one’s skills in communicating science for non-academic audiences. Plant Conservation Unit Ph.D. candidate, Glynis Humphrey, attended the event. Read her article to learn more.

It’s Springtime on the West Coast!
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 15:00

In August 2018, Samantha Venter, a research assistant at the Plant Conservation Unit, travelled with some friends to Darling in the Western Cape to see the wildflowers. They first visited Waylands Wild Flower Reserve and then Tienie Versveld Reserve, both situated just outside of Darling. Read the full article to see some pics of the magnificent floral displays.

PCU attends SciComm event with Alaina Levine
Monday, September 3, 2018 - 15:15

On 28 August 2018, ScienceLink hosted Alaina Levine at Codebridge in Cape Town. Plant Conservation Unit Ph.D. Candidate, Glynis Humphrey, attended the event along with other scientists and non-government organisations. Discussions were centred on strategies for targeting communication in different sectors in society. Overall it was an interesting and successful event. Read the article to learn more.

NEW PAPER ALERT
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 09:00

The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by PCU Honorary Research Associate Helga Van der Merwe and Sue J Milton in the journal Austral Ecology. The article is titled, "Testing the Wiegand-Milton model: A long-term experiment to understand the mechanisms driving vegetation dynamics in arid shrublands” and was published online in August 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.

NEW PAPER ALERT
Friday, August 24, 2018 - 08:45

The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Wataru Tokura, Sam Jack, Tania Anderson and Timm Hoffman in the journal Koedoe. The article is titled, "Long-term variability in vegetation productivity in relation to rainfall, herbivory and fire in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve” and was published online in July 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.

NEW PAPER ALERT
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:15

The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Samantha L. Scott (Venter), Dr Rick F. Rohde and Prof. M. Timm Hoffman in the journal of African Research and Documentation. The article is titled, "Repeat landscape photography, historical ecology and the wonder of digital archives in southern Africa” and was published in August 2018. The brief introduction is provided but please contact the authors for the full paper.

PCU Team attends 2nd 'African Quaternary: Environments, Ecology and Humans' Conference, Kenya
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:30

Last month, Plant Conservation Unit PhD candidates, Estelle Razanatsoa and Andriantsilavo Razafimanantsoa, presented their research on vegetation change in Madagascar at the second 'African Quaternary: Environments, Ecology and Humans' International Conference held at the National Museum in Nairobi, Kenya, 14-22 July 2018. They also participated in various workshops held at the conference. Read the article to learn more! 

PCU Team Attend Introduction to Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis Short Course
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:00

Plant Conservation Unit PhD Candidate, Cherié Forbes, together with A/Prof Lindsey Gillson attended an ‘Introduction to statistical modelling and data analysis’ short course from 18-20 July 2018 at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The course was run by the Centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation group (UCT) in partnership with the Applied Centre for Climate and Earth System Science. Read the full article to learn more! 

Swartkops on the edge
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:00

Kirsti Nghidinwa, a PhD candidate at the Plant Conservation Unit, went on a trip with a team of Namibian botanists to Tsau //Khaeb National Park (formerly known as the Sperrgebiet), as part of an initiative to develop a biodiversity monitoring framework for the newly proclaimed park. Read the full article supplied by Kirsti to learn more. 

NEW PAPER ALERT
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 15:45

The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Heidi Hirsch, David M. Richardson, Fiona A. C. ImpsonCatharina Kleinjan (PCU) and Johannes J. Le Roux in the journal of Tree Genetics & Genomes. The article is titled, "Historical range contraction, and not taxonomy, explains the contemporary genetic structure of the Australian tree Acacia dealbata Link” and was published online in June 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.

NEW PAPER ALERT
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 14:15

The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Dr Roger Diamond and Sam Jack in the Journal of Hydrology. The article is titled, "Evaporation and abstraction determined from stable isotopes during normal flow on the Gariep River, South Africa” and was published online in April 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.

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