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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!

NEW PAPER ALERT: Karoo research update: Progress, gaps and threats
Fri, 29 Jan 2021 - 13:30

A new commentary by PCU Director Timm Hoffman, research assistant Hana Petersen and colleagues, titled 'Karoo research update: Progress, gaps and threats' was published today 29 January 2021 in the South African Journal of Science. A brief introduction can be found below. The full article is available here.

Professor Timm Hoffman wins the SAAB 2021 Silver Medal Award
Fri, 29 Jan 2021 - 12:00

The Plant Conservation Unit congratulates our Director, Prof Timm Hoffman, on winning the SAAB 2021 Silver Medal Award!

West Coast mine monitoring app in Google Earth Engine
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 - 12:30

Dr Joseph White, who currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Witwatersrand, recently produced an interactive Google Earth Engine application allowing users to visualise landscape changes along the West Coast.

NEW PAPER ALERT: What Are the Grand Challenges for Plant Conservation in the 21st Century?
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 - 13:00

A new study by PCU researcher Lindsey Gillson and colleagues titled 'What are the grand challenges for plant conservation in the 21st century?' was published on 13 November 2020 in Frontiers in Conservation Science. A brief introduction can be found below. The full article is available here.

The PCU team attends the first-ever AZEF virtual conference
Mon, 12 Oct 2020 - 10:00

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year of firsts for many around the world. For instance, face-to-face meetings have transitioned rather abruptly to meeting online to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF) annual conference has been no exception.

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