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.
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.
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.