Arid Zone Ecology Forum

A Non-Profit Organisation focused on research in the arid zone of southern Africa



AZEF 2014: THICKET FUSION FORUM 2014

Cross-cutting collaboration

8-11 September 2014  

University Grahamstown, South Africa


SPECIAL SESSIONS: 

  • Arid zone biome boundaries in the spotlight: Drivers and dynamics
  • Management of the Tierberg Karoo Research Centre


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Alastair Potts: "Tracking thicket through space and time".
  • Prof. Timm Hoffman: “Long-term vegetation change in the Thicket and Arid Zone biomes of Southern Africa and its implications for conservation”.
  • Prof. William Bond: "Why are arid zone ecosystems so different in Africa vs South America and Australia?"
  • Prof Karen Esler: “Ecological restoration: scaling up, drilling down”.
  • Dr Susi Vetter: "The link between culture, nature and wellbeing – an unexplored opportunity for engagement in biodiversity custodianship".
  • Prof Sue Milton: "Tierberg Karoo Research Centre, Prince Albert: History, achievements and opportunities".
  • Dr Winston Trollope: "Guidelines for Prescribed Burning in African Grasslands and Savanna".

 

ORAL/PAPER PRESENTATIONS:

First prize: Kyle Lloyd, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.  

The title of his Paper: “Pollination of Aloe ferox: are short-billed generalist birds more effective than long-billed specialists?”

Second prize: Robbert Duker, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.  

The title of his Paper: “The effects of frost on Albany Subtropical Thicket and Nama-Karoo: further explorations of biome boundaries”.


POSTER PRESENTATIONS:  

First prize: Lyle Lucas, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town.  

The title of his Poster: “Assessing the potential wise use of ephemeral wetlands by livestock farmers in the Kamiesberg Uplands”.

Second prize: Denisha Anand, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town.  

The title of her Poster: “Measuring energy to determine the value of riverine key resource areas as forage reserves during the dry season in semi-arid communal rangelands in South Africa”.  


SAEON ARID LANDS NODE SPECIAL PRIZES:  

Oral/Paper Presentation: Justin du Toit, University of KwaZulu-Natal.  

The title of his Paper: “Resilience of Karoo veld – post-treatment changes after 40 years”.

 Poster: Megan Simons, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town.  

The title of her Poster: “Post-fire vegetation and soil recovery in mountain renosterveld in Namaqualand, South Africa”.


SPECIAL THANKS TO SPONSORS AND DONORS OF PRIZES:  

A very special thanks to all those who donated or sponsored prizes:  

  • SAEON Arid Lands Node: Generous book vouchers to the persons who presented papers and posters which fell into the category of “Environmental Change and/or demonstrating value-additions to shared long term data sets”.
  • Sarah Gess for two of her books, “Wasps & Bees of South Africa”, and “Pollen wasps and flowers in southern Africa”
  • M. Timm Hoffman and Ute Schmiedel for the generous donation of two sets of their Biota Books.
  • Marcus Kelly who generously donated 6 copies of a book “Fynbos Far and Wide”
  • Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism for a two night stay over at Mvubu Lodge (Fish River Nature Reserve) for two persons to the best student paper presenter.