Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
~ Marie Curie
SAEON staff participated in the Lake Sibaya Conservation and Development Trust’s annual World Wetlands Day event, where they set out to prepare the local community for the deployment of the eddy covariance equipment for the area’s EFTEON landscape.
In this study, researchers aimed to provide a first carbon stock assessment in Zostera capensis habitats across three estuaries in South Africa’s warm temperate biogeographic zone – the Knysna, Swartkops and Nxaxo estuaries.
Instrumentation set up by PhD student Tiffany Aldworth has produced three years of continuous measurement of evapotranspiration in two adjacent vegetation types – the first such dataset for savanna ecosystems in South Africa, and probably all of Africa.
The collection of baseline vegetation data is part of ongoing long-term monitoring studies at the Meerkat National Park in the Northern Cape. The data will be uploaded on the SAEON data portal for future scientific investigation.
NRF-SAEON co-hosted a side event to highlight the diversity of its research and the national infrastructures being hosted, and to foster dialogue on how students and researchers could use their research to address societal challenges.
Johan Pauw’s outstanding contribution was officially recognised by the Department of Science and Innovation and the National Research Foundation at the 2023 Global Change Conference.
Due to her contributions to our understanding of the Benguela upwelling system, Dr Jennifer Veitch was invited to present a keynote address at the Open Science Conference on Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems held in Lima, Peru.
As part of a joint South African–French project funded by the National Research Foundation and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, SAEON and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement hosted an ocean modelling workshop in Cape Town.
SAEON augmented the SAAB student awards at the recent meeting of the SA Association of Botanists by sponsoring copies of the book Photographic guide to the wild flowers of the Limpopo Province for excellence in several broad categories at the meeting.
The many excellent African researchers who have emerged from Prof Roualt’s tutelage are testament to the true passion he had for training young African scientists. His passing has left a void in the research community.
Dr Mary-Jane Bopape looks at two special SAEON events at the conference that shone a spotlight on the relevance of scientific research – to ensure that it continues to meet stakeholder needs.
The Kruger National Park provided the perfect environment for learners to explore biodiversity as part of the Ndlovu Node’s Science Camp and Science Day programmes.
At this year’s Marine and Coastal Educators Network Conference co-organised by NRF-SAEON, researchers and technicians from the Elwandle Node shared their research and showcased their lab-based work.
Cape hippopotamus sleeping on a shore of St Lucia Estuary in iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Photo: Benny Marty/Shutterstock)
~ Marie Curie