AZEF 2014: THICKET FUSION FORUM 2014
8-11 September 2014
University Grahamstown, South Africa
- Arid zone biome boundaries in the spotlight: Drivers and dynamics
- Management of the Tierberg Karoo Research Centre
- 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".
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”.
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.