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Research Assistant

Sally Mashele

BSc (Hons) (University of Cape Town

Office: HW Pearson Building




BSc(Hons) Geographical Information Systems (University of Cape Town), BSc Applied biology and Environmental and Geographical Science (University of Cape Town)

Sally joined the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) as a Research Assistant in April 2018. Her main focus is to assist PCU staff and students with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) programmes and other mapping tools. 

Sally completed her undergrad and Honours degrees at the University of Cape Town. The aim of her Honours project was to analyse fire events (frequency and severity) in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve using fire history and Landsat data with ArcGIS and Erdas Image software. Her project was co-supervised by Mr Kaveer Singh (Geomatics) and Prof. Timm Hoffman (Biological Sciences). Sally graduated at the beginning of April 2018 and began her Masters degree at UCT, supervised by A/Prof. Lindsey Gillson, in 2019.


(i) Scientific articles

Hoffman MT, Skowno A, Bell W and Mashele S 2018. Long-term changes in land use, land cover & vegetation in the Karoo drylands of South Africa: Implications for degradation monitoring. African Journal of Range and Forage Science 35: xx-xx. (In Press). DOI:

(ii) Book chapters

Kelly-Laubscher R, Paxton M, Majombozi Z and Mashele SS 2016. Factors Affecting the Success of First Generation University Students at a South African University. In: (Eds) Bell A and Santamaria LJ. Understanding Experiences of First Generation University Students. Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Methodologies. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 1350031844, 9781350031845.