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.
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!
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!
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.
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. Impson, Catharina 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.
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.
In April 2018, PhD student Justin van Blerk together with his supervisor A/Prof Adam West and co-supervisor Prof Timm Hoffman visited his study site to conduct the winter component of the long-term altered rainfall seasonality experiment at Driekuilen Nature Reserve. It was a very chilly but successful trip! Read Justin's article to learn more.
The Plant Conservation Unit is pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new paper by Cherié J.Forbes, A/Prof. Lindsey Gillson and Prof. M. Timm Hoffman in the journal Anthropocene. The article is titled, "Shifting baselines in a changing world: Identifying management targets in endangered heathlands of the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa” and was published online in June 2018. The abstract is provided but the full paper may be downloaded here.
On 22 May 2018, PhD candidate Cherié Forbes attended CapeNature's Quarterly Ecological Meeting (QEM) at the Porterville Library in Porterville, Western Cape. The purpose of the QEM was to allow a space to reflect on and discuss past and upcoming CapeNature activities in the region. The meeting was well-attended with interesting feedback and updates on projects undertaken by CapeNature staff and associates. Read the article written by Cherié to learn more.
On 8 May 2018, Sonto Mtolo, a DST-NRF Intern currently assisting the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) with processing historical collections, graduated from the University of Zululand KwaDlangezwa main Campus. Sonto graduated with Merit in Bachelor of Library and Information Science. The PCU team would like to congratulate Sonto on this wonderful achievement. We are fortunate to have her on our team and we know that she will do well in all her future endeavours. Read the article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) would like to give a warm welcome to Sally Mashele who has recently joined us as a Research Assistant. Sally will be largely assisting the PCU team with GIS and other mapping software. Welcome Sally!
The South African National Biodiversity Institute and partners (including the Plant Conservation Unit, Cape Citizen Science and others) held a Citizen Science Fair at The Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens over the weekend (14-15 April 2018). Hundreds of citizen scientists attended the Saturday event, which had a fantastic line-up of talks, display stands and interactive workshops on a variety of citizen science projects, including rePhotoSA. The citizen science fair was aligned with international citizen science day organised on the same day. Read the article to learn more about this exciting event!