Hard working ,humble and passionate about environment
I work with Alien invasive plants, particularly Australian Acacias that are naturalised, invasive and those that have potential to become invasive. I assess the potential to eradicate them and if it is feasible, I begin chopping them down. For example I found that it is possible to eradicate 4 Naturalised Acacias in SA (A. adunca, A retinodes, A ulicifolia and A. fimbriata,), eradication is in progress.
I also do seed ecology (studying seedbank dynamics, perform germination etc)
External worker in collaboration with SANBI ISP Programme
CIB, Stellenbosch University
From January 2014
Determining the invasive status of Australian Acacia species in South Africa, and the potential for
There are two main aspects to this project: A) to determine the invasive status of Australian Acacia species in South Africa; Australian acacias are a good example as a study species for several different reasons (Zenni et al., 2011; Richardson et al., 2009). For an example, In South Africa the plantings and introductions of Australian acacias as exotics are well documented (see Poynton, 2009). Also, the group has a very large number of taxa (at least a third of which have been moved to areas outside their natural ranges by humans), native-range distribution of all taxa is well known and they have a well-resolved taxonomy and phylogeny. B) to determine the potential for eradicating species with limited distributions.The proposed study will further assess the invasiveness and the potential for eradication for species with very limited distribution in South Africa that have not as yet been studied in detail: A. adunca; A. fimbriata; A. retinodes; and A. viscidula, as well as any other species that are found to be naturalised in part A.
Qualifications & Certifications
BSc, (bOTANY&Zoology); Bsc Hons (Zoology)
Walter Sisulu University