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Post-doctoral fellow

Dr Adele Julier

Research topic: The role of fire, herbivory and climate as drivers of long-term tree-grass dynamics in the savannas of Bwabwata National Park, Namibia

Office: Room 5.02 H W Pearson Building
Email: adele.julier@uct.ac.za

 

Adele’s postdoctoral research will be focussing on the role of fire, herbivory and climate as drivers of long-term tree-grass dynamics in the savannas of Bwabwata National Park, Namibia. She will be using pollen and charcoal from sediment cores to reconstruct vegetation dynamics under differing fire regimes in Namibia.

 

Her PhD research was on modern pollen-vegetation relationships in Ghana, and dealt particularly with how forest-savanna transitions are represented by their pollen records. This work improved interpretations of long-term pollen records such as that from Lake Bosumtwi, from which a 500,000 year record of climate and vegetation change in West Africa has been extracted. Adele is also, however, interested in how pollen moves within ecosystems and why, and how this movement can bias modern and fossil records.

 

Adele has completed policy internships at the Centre for Science and Policy and the British Ecological Society, and holds a PGCert in Secondary Science Education. Adele is interested not only in the natural world, but also in how science can be used to inform policy and public discourse.

 

Prior to her PhD, Adele completed her MSc at the University of Edinburgh and RBGE in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants, and a BA in Natural Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

 

Publications:

Julier, A.C.M., Jardine, P.E., Adu-Bredu, S., Coe, A.L., Fraser, W.T., Lomax, B.H., Malhi, Y., Moore, S., Gosling, W.D., 2019. Variability in modern pollen rain from moist and wet tropical forest plots in Ghana, West Africa. Grana 58, 45–62. https://doi.org/10.1080/00173134.2018.1510027

Julier, A.C.M., Jardine, P.E., Adu-Bredu, S., Coe, A.L., Duah-Gyamfi, A., Fraser, W.T., Lomax, B.H., Malhi, Y., Moore, S., Owusu-Afriyie, K., Gosling, W.D., 2017. The modern pollen–vegetation relationships of a tropical forest–savannah mosaic landscape, Ghana, West Africa. Palynology 0, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2017.1356392

Julier, A.C.M., Jardine, P.E., Coe, A.L., Gosling, W.D., Lomax, B.H., Fraser, W.T., 2016. Chemotaxonomy as a tool for interpreting the cryptic diversity of Poaceae pollen. Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 235, 140–147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2016.08.004

Jardine, P.E., Gosling, W.D., Lomax, B.H., Julier, A.C.M., Fraser, W.T., 2019. Chemotaxonomy of domesticated grasses: a pathway to understanding the origins of agriculture. J. Micropalaeontology 38, 83–95. https://doi.org/10.5194/jm-38-83-2019

Gosling, W.D., Julier, A.C.M., Adu-Bredu, S., Djagbletey, G.D., Fraser, W.T., Jardine, P.E., Lomax, B.H., Malhi, Y., Manu, E.A., Mayle, F.E., Moore, S., 2017. Pollen-vegetation richness and diversity relationships in the tropics. Veg. Hist. Archaeobotany 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-017-0642-y

Rudall, P.J., Julier, A.C.M., Kidner, C.A., 2017. Ultrastructure and development of non-contiguous stomatal clusters and helicocytic patterning in Begonia. Ann. Bot. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcx146