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Welcome (Hall 1)

Martina Treurnicht (Chairperson), Adriaan Grobler (Vice-Chair)



KEYNOTE 1 - KAREN ESLER: Spotlight on Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems: Model systems for global change comparisons, regional and local responses

KEYNOTE 2 - ANTON PAUW: Ecology of the West Coast of Southern Africa


Tea break

Parallel session (Hall 1) - SYMPOSIUM

Parallel session (Hall 2) - SYMPOSIUM


SYMPOSIUM 1: Sara Palacio & Robert Boyd - Plant life on atypical substrates in MTEs

1. Nishanta Rajakaruna, California Polytechnic State University, USA Title: Life on the Rocks: What plants on harsh substrate 'islands' can teach us about diversity, ecology, evolution, and conservation and restoration practices; [KEYNOTE talk; 20 mins] IN PERSON 2. Robert Boyd, Auburn University, USA; Title: How atypical substrates can affect plant-herbivore interactions; [Short talk; 6 mins] IN PERSON 3. Eric von Wettberg, University of Vermont, USA; Title: Soil type adaptation of crop wild relatives [Short talk; 6 mins] IN PERSON 4. Stefan Siebert, North West University, South Africa; Title: Systematic review of gypsum ecosystems in Africa [Short talk; 6 mins] IN PERSON 5. Sara Palacio, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (CSIC), Spain; Title: Nutritional mechanisms to survive on extreme soils and their relation to plant evolution on gypsum; [Short talk; 6 mins] IN PERSON 6. Yolanda Pueyo, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (CSIC), Spain; Title: Grazing effects on gypsum ecosystems (NE Spain); [Short talk; 6 mins] IN PERSON 7. Silvia Matesanz, King Juan Carlos University, Spain; Title: A resurrection experiment to assess rapid evolutionary change in response to drought in a gypsum specialist; [Long talk; 12 mins] IN PERSON 8. Mario Blanco-Sanchez, INSTITUTION; Title: Adaptive population differentiation is linked to local climate in populations of a gypsum specialist across its range; [Long talk; 12 mins] IN PERSON 9. Arantzazu Luzuriaga, King Juan Carlos University, Spain; Title: Neighbourhood matters especially under drought conditions: High phylogenetic diversity in experimental assemblages improves community performance; [Long talk; 12 mins] IN PERSON 10. Marina Ramos-Munoz, INSTITUTION; Title: Are population differentiation and plasticity to drought affected by the co-occurrence of warming and competition in a dominant gypsophile?; [Long talk; 12 mins] IN PERSON 11. Sergio Muriel, INSTITUTION; Title: Assessing taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional diversity of gypsum lichen communities across and environmental gradient in the Iberian Peninsula; [Long talk; 12 mins] IN PERSON

SYMPOSIUM 2 (ONLINE): Brent Mishler & Pablo Vargas Gomez - Spatial Phylogenetics of Mediterranean-type Regions of the World 

1. Brent Mishler - Case Study: California ONLINE 2. Mario Fernández-Mazuecos - Case Study: Iberian Peninsula ONLINE 3. Rosita Scherson - Case Study: Chile ONLINE 4. Shawn Laffan - Case Study: Australia ONLINE 5. Felix Forest - Case Study: South Africa ONLINE 6. Facilitated discussion




KEYNOTE 3 - TONY VERBOOM: Vegetation of the Greater Cape Floristic Region: a floristic perspective

Symposium session (Hall 1)

Conference Interview Session- Ongoing throughout the conference | Foyer


SYMPOSIUM 3  Muthama Muasya, Jasper Slingsby, Tony Verboom - Pan-African MTEs – Integrating multiple dimensions of diversity towards understanding the diversity, ecology, evolution  and conservation of MTEs in Africa

Symposium outline: 1. Michael D. Cramer, G. Anthony Verboom: Quantitative evaluation of the drivers of a Mediterranean-ecosystem (Cape, South Africa) species richness (IN-PERSON) 2. Daniel A. Zhigila, Ute Schmiedel, A. Muthama Muasya: Unravelling phylogenetic community diversity of the South African quartz habitats (IN-PERSON) 3. Byron Lamont and Tianhua He: What have 100-million-year-old flowers in NW Africa and Myanmar got to do with the Cape flora and other MTEs? (IN-PERSON) 4. Anina Coetzee: Reproductive barriers in bird-pollinated Erica (IN-PERSON) 5. B. Adriaan Grobler, Richard M. Cowling: Plant diversities of Mediterranean- and tropical-climate regions – which is the richest of them all? (IN-PERSON) 6. Justin van Blerk: The effects of altered rainfall seasonality on fire-prone shrublands in the CFR (IN-PERSON)

Sierra Standish: Oral history project - The Mediterranean-type Ecology Network Oral History Project (IN PERSON)


Tea break

Parallel session (Hall 1) - Session chair: Jasper Slingsby, Martina Treurnicht

Parallel session (Hall 2) - Session chair: Karen Esler, Stuart Hall


THEMATIC SESSION: Big data & Biodiversity  challenges for a shifting future

Lindie Smith-Adao et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Flood hazards in a changing world: Challenges and opportunities in the Garden Route, South Africa
Catarina Sequeira et al. (presented by Conceição Colaço) Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Use of UAVs in prescribed burnings and mop-up operations in Portugal
Charlie Schrader-Patton et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Developing a biomass time-series data stack for southern California chaparral shrublands
Charlie Schrader-Patton et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Post-fire biomass recovery and drought in southern California chaparral shrublands
Emma Underwood et al. Long Paper: 12 mins Online Estimating the Impacts of Wildfire on Ecosystem Services in Southern California
Alvaro Salazar et al. Long Paper: 12 mins Online Unrevealing the ecoclimatological changes of the ecosystems of Central Chile: are they drying out?

THEMATIC SESSION: Fire-driven evolution of MTE floras

Julia Gegunde et al. Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Fitness benefits of fire-stimulated flowering in Mediterranean geophytes
Maya A Zomer et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In person Intraspecific variability in post-fire regeneration traits across a climate gradient
Korina Ocampo-Zuleta et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person AFIRE database: How much do we know about Mediterranean ecosystems plant flammability?
Alastair Potts Long Paper: 12 mins In person 2 years’ worth of hourly photos?"}">High temporal resolution repeat photography for vegetation field observations: what can we learn about the dune fynbos-thicket mosaic from >2 years’ worth of hourly photos?
Alexandria Thomsen et al. Short Paper: 6 mins In person SHIFTING FIRE SEASON: WHO HAS IT WORSE RESPROUTERS, OR OBLIGATE SEEDERS?
Michael Vasey et al. Long Paper: 12 mins Online Reproductive phenological shifts in Mediterranean-Type Climate Arbutoideae (Ericaceae) in the context of drought, seed predation, and fire in western North America
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Arrival and coffee



KEYNOTE 4 - RUPERT KOOPMAN: Upcycling the past to shape the present and future of Plant Conservation

KEYNOTE 5 - JASPER SLINGSBY:Tracking and forecasting change in the Cape Floristic Region


Tea break

Parallel session (Hall 1) - Session chair: Andrew Turner, Dewidine Van Der Colf

Parallel session (Hall 2)


THEMATIC SESSION (TH_C1):  Invasive alien species and their control in MTEs

D Van der Colff et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Revisiting Protea Atlas Project plots in the Agulhas Plain, South Africa: Has invasions changed things?
Matthys Strydom et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Invasive Australian Acacia biological control success: Fact or fiction?
Pride Mudavanhu Long Paper: 12 mins In Person A report back on the efficacy of biological control for the management of alien invasive acacias in South Africa.
Thembelihle Mlokoti Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Aristaea thalassias, a biological control agent of Leptospermum laevigatum¬: why impacts of the agent are considered negligible
Debbie Muir Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Hierarchy of Control and GHS: How to choose the correct pesticide to use in local conditions
Deon Rossouw / Andrew Turner Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Quantifying the impact and effectiveness of bark spot spray application of herbicide by helicopter on invasive alien pine trees and its non-target effect to indigenous vegetation
Tshepiso Mafole et al. Long Paper: 12 mins Online The effects of shifting rainfall seasonality on C4 grass establishment in winter-rainfall regions
Aileen Anderson & Ricardo Januarie Long Paper: 12 mins Online Restoring rivers through alien clearing, a success story from Grootvadersbosch

SYMPOSIUM 4: Jasper Slingsby et al. Advances in Remote Sensing of Biodiversity in Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems

Symposium outline: 1. Jasper Slingsby, University of Cape Town, SA; Title: Introduction to the symposium and the Ecosystem Monitoring for Management Application (EMMA) Project; *confirmed [12 mins]. (Short intro) 2. Glenn Moncrieff, SAEON, SA; Title: Global Renosterveld Watch - Near-realtime monitoring of change in a Mediterranean-type Ecosystem; *confirmed [12 mins]. 3. Philip A. Townsend [12 mins] Title: Regional-scale response of foliar functional traits to the 2011-2017 California megadrought IN PERSON 4. Maria J. Santos [12 mins] Title: Mediterranean-type ecosystems seasonality and biodiversity: a remote sensing approach IN PERSON 5. Adam Wilson, University at Buffalo, USA; Title: The NASA Biodiversity Survey of the Cape (​BioSCape​); *tentative [12 mins]. IN PERSON 6. Anabelle Cardoso, University at Buffalo, USA & University of Cape Town, SA; Title: Introducing the BioSCape Research Projects; *confirmed [12 mins]. IN PERSON 7. Open discussion on remote sensing (satellite & airborne) data applications in the GCFR and other MTEs [18 mins].


Short break

Parallel session (Hall 1)

Parallel session (Hall 2) 


WORKSHOP 1: Alanna Rebelo & Karen Esler - Fynbos Restoration Workshop: The latest strategy and tools for practitioners


SYMPOSIUM 5: Helen de Klerk, Zahn Munch & Vernon Visser - Using remote sensing to understand and manage Mediterranean Type Ecosystems

Symposium outline: 1. Helen M. de Klerk - Session Introduction and welcome 2. Jon Keeley - Linking drought, shrub dieback, and fire intensity (online) 3. Sally Archibald - Extreme fires and how it applies to mediterranean ecosystems 4. Kirsten, Tim et al. - A regional, remote sensing approach to land degradation assessment in the Little Karoo 5. Helen de Klerk - Satellite RS methods for monitoring habitat quality in ecosystems with lower seasonal predictability 6. Lungile Khuzwayo et al. - Detection and mapping of invasive alien plants in the Western Cape mountain catchments 7. Kirsten, Tim, *Vernon Visser et al. - An evaluation of different approaches which use Google Street View imagery to ground truth land degradation assessments 8. Facilitated discussion



Parallel session (Hall 1) - Session chair: Mashudu Nndanduleni, Adriaan Grobler

Parallel session (Hall 2) 


THEMATIC SESSION (TH_C1 continued):  Restoration of Mediterranean shrublands and rivers

Hugh D Safford Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Prioritization tools for post-fire restoration in Mediterranean-type ecosystems in California
Duduzile Ngwenya Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Circumventing prescribed burns to scale up ecological restoration in South African fynbos
P M L Anderson Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Restoration Interventions in Peninsula Shale Renosterveld: Eight Years On
Tevan Lehman et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Exploring the concept of applied nucleation as a restoration tool in a previously invaded Mediterranean climate vegetation type
Landi Retief et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Ecological restoration after prescribed burning and topsoil translocation: assessing the success and cost-effectiveness of various restoration treatments in South African Fynbos
Monique Van Zitters et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Is Active Rehabilitation Necessary in Transformed Riparian Ecosystems, or Can We Rely on Spontaneous Succession? Rehabilitation Initiatives in the Berg and Breede Catchments, Western Cape.
Georgina van Biljon Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Monitoring active riparian restoration sites in the Berg & Breede River Catchment, Western Cape, South Africa.

SYMPOSIUM 6: Lindsey Gillson et al. - Using Long-term data to Conserve and Manage Mediterranean Type Ecosystems

Symposium outline: 1. Lindsey Gillson et al. Introduction and case study: What makes Fynbos Resilient? Insights from the palaeoecological record IN PERSON 2. Cherie Forbes et al. Combining system dynamics modelling and palaeoecology to inform land-use management thresholds in the Cape Floristic Region IN PERSON 3. Sabine Prader et al. Dynamics of the Forest Fynbos Ecotone at Orange Kloof Table Mountain National Park, South Africa IN PERSON 4. Rachid Cheddadi - Past climate impacts on the North African mountain tree species and a perspective for their potential future conservation. ONLINE!! 5. Glory Oden et al. Integrating Paleoecology into Long Term Monitoring, Restoration and Fire Management in Fynbos IN PERSON 6. Daniele Colombaroli - Long-term records as a guide for ecosystem management in the Mediterranean Basin ONLINE 7. John N Williams et al. - Wildfire trends in the North American Mediterranean Climate Zone: high severity burn area and proportion exceed historic conditions in Sierra Nevada and adjacent ranges (USA) IN-PERSON 8. Facilitated discussion - How can palaeoecologists make their work more accessible for conservation and restoration of Mediterranean ecosystems?


Tea break

Printed Poster Session 3

Workshop Session (Hall 1)

Printed Poster Session 3 (continued)


WORKSHOP 2: Wihan Bekker, Karen Esler  et al. (Hybrid Workshop) - Moving from the stick to the carrot, an approach to improved fire management of Mediterranean Ecosystems (Zoom link provided)



NETWORKING SESSION AND SOCIAL FUNCTION: Odette Curtis, Grant Forbes et al. (short film; in-person session) - The Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust: Celebrating 10 years of Renosterveld Conservation



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Arrival and coffee



KEYNOTE 6 - JACO LE ROUX:  How do soil microbes drive and respond to plant invasion in Mediterranean ecosystems?

KEYNOTE 7 - MINGZEN LU: Biome boundary maintained by intense belowground resource competition in world’s thinnest-rooted plant community (ONLINE)


Tea break

Printed Poster Session 4

Parallel session (Hall 1) - Session chair: Anina Coetzee, Sjirk Geerts

Parallel session (Hall 2) - Session chair: Rupert Koopman, Andrew Turner


THEMATIC SESSION (TH_D1): Biodiversity & species interactions

Philip Ladd, Emily Eakin-Busher Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Development of a facultative brood pollination system in Thysanotus (Asparagaceae)
Carmelo Gómez-Martínez et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Diet adjustment along local and landscape gradients of resource diversity
Amparo Lázaro, Carmelo Gómez-Martínez, Miguel A. González-Estévez and Manuel Hidalgo Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Portfolio effect and asynchrony as drivers of stability in plant–pollinator communities along a gradient of landscape heterogeneity
Blanca Arroyo-Correa et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Inter-individual plant variation in pollinator use shapes community-level pollination networks
Álvaro Pérez-Gómez et al. Short Paper: 6 mins In Person How does artificial afforestation affect pollinator diversity and plant-pollinator networks of the herriza?
Susana Gómez-González et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Seed dormancy decay in an endemic pyrophyte driven by anthropogenic disturbance
Violeta I. Simón-Porcar et al. (presented by Juan Arroyo) Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Direct evidence supporting Darwin's hypothesis of cross-pollination promoted by sex organ reciprocity in a Mediterranean daffodil

THEMATIC SESSION (TH_B1): Specialised species, habitats and their conservation

Lola Álvarez-Ruiz et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Fire-prone animals: adaptive responses in lizards
Andrew Turner et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person The Rough Moss frog Story
Jeanne Tarrant et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Protecting the unique and threatened frogs of the Western Cape
Ruth-Mary Fisher et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person The spatial and temporal distribution of soil hydrophobicity in Agulhas National Park, South Africa
Susana Paula et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Soil fertility drives fire activity across Mediterranean climate-type ecosystems
Ismail Ebrahim, Victoria Wilman Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Saving the Critically Endangered Autumn Aster


Tea break  |   Conference Yoga

Parallel session (Hall 1)

Parallel session (Hall 2)



Lesley Richardson et al. Building on 20 years of CAPE – how participant-driven evaluation and planning provided a new platform for the CFR community  



Julia Wood, Pippin Anderson, Bongani Mnisi - Consider the Mediterranean shrubland: What is effective conservation action? 





LOCALLY ORGANISED FIELD TRIPS - Sign up for your field trip on the website ( 1. Field Trip 01: Coastal Dunes - Adriaan Grobler, Richard Cowling 2. Field Trip 02: !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre 3. Field Trip 03: Botanical Society of South Africa and CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) Langebaan Flowers 4. Field Trip 04: Berg River Estuary 5. Field Trip 05: History of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve - Annique Umans 6. Field Trip 06: Balancing development and biodiversity needs in the Langebaan / Saldanha Bay area (Facilitators: CapeNature and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning)


THE FYNBOS FORUM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (everyone welcome!) - Martina Treurnicht, Adriaan Grobler (Chairperson & Vice-Chair of the Fynbos Forum NPC)

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KEYNOTE 8 - FRANK SCHURR: Macrodemography – how large-scale biodiversity dynamics arise from the reproduction, mortality and dispersal of individuals

KEYNOTE 9 - ROB SALGUERO-GOMEZ:  In the search for demographic oddities and their role in ecology, evolution and conservation biology (ONLINE)


Tea break

Printed Poster Session 5

Parallel session - SYMPOSIUM

Parallel session - Session chair: Stuart Hall, Dewidine van der Colff


SYMPOSIUM 7: Treurnicht, M. & Schurr FM et al. - Macrodemography

1. Joern Pagel, University of Hohenheim, Germany; Title: Plant Functional Traits as Predictors of Species Vulnerability to Multiple Drivers of Environmental Change in the South African Cape Floristic Region; *confirmed; 12 mins 2. Martina Treurnicht, Stellenbosch University & University of Hohenheim, South Africa; Title: Range-wide demographic variation of Proteaceae responds to biotic and physical environments; *confirmed; 12 mins 3. Huw Cooksley, University of Hohenheim, Germany; Title: Resource budgets link functional traits to whole-plant performance: a data-driven model of life-history schedules of Fynbos Proteas; *confirmed; 12 mins 4. Hannah Walter, University of Hohenheim, Germany; Title: Effects of direct and indirect interactions on plant fecundity depend on spatial and functional structure of communities and time since fire 5. Jeremy Midgley, Antoinette Veldtman, Annelise Schutte-Vlok (in-person); Title: Intense clumping of Cape Proteaceae seedlings; conservation, ecological and evolutionary implications. 6. Carmen Guiote & Juli G. Pausas - Title: Predation shapes serotiny in a Mediterranean conifer. *confirmed; 12 mins. 7. Andrew Latimer, UC Davis, USA (online); Title: Mapping tree life cycle transitions after wildfire in California conifer forests; *confirmed; 12 mins FACILITATED DISCUSSION

THEMATIC SESSION (TH_D2): Biodiversity & species interactions

Christopher Janousek et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Plant diversity and composition in tidal wetlands across a Mediterranean to maritime climate gradient on the west coast of the United States
Ismail Ebrahim, Mashudu Nndanuduleni Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Hand pollination of Sorocephalus imbricatus: Does it improve seed set?
Allan Ellis Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Fly pollinators as drivers of floral diversification of mass flowering Cape daisies
Zafar Monier et al. Short Paper: 6 mins Online Diploid and tetraploid cytotypes of the flagship Cape species Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis (Asteraceae): variation in distribution, ecological niche and morphology in an environmentally extremely heterogeneous region


Short break

Parallel session - Session chair: Karen Esler, Martina Treurnicht

Parallel session - Session chair: Kirsten Watson, Adriaan Grobler


THEMATIC SESSION (TH_E): Demography, population dynamics and biogeography of MTE’s

Andrew Turner Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Lessons from 18 years of frog population monitoring in the fynbos
Ana Sofia Nunes do Carmo Águas et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Eucalyptus globulus Labill. regeneration from seeds in Portugal's mainland
Felipe Domínguez Lozano et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Using natural populations to assess plant reintroduction success: an example with a long-lived endangered shrub
Andreas L.S. Meyer Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Potential impacts of temperature overshoot pathways on the fauna of Mediterranean-type ecosystems
Nancy Job
Long Paper: 12 mins
The South African Biodiversity Data Pipeline for Wetlands and Waterbirds (BIRDIE)

THEMATIC SESSION (TH_D2): MTE conservation needs and actions

Melissa Whitecross et al. (presented by Sarah Hulley) Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Recognising, Assessing & Reporting OECMs in the Western Cape
Evan Meyer et al. Short Paper: 6 mins In Person California Plant Resuce: A network for ex situ conservation in California
Rut Sánchez de Dios, Felipe Domínguez Lozan Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Biogeography of a plant threat: herbivory
Kerry Maree and Carla Wood Long Paper: 12 mins Online The Table Mountain Fund: A fund dedicated to the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region
Donovan Kirkwood Short paper: 6mins Online Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden: strategy of an academic botanical garden in a biodiversity hotspot




KEYNOTE 10 - WENDY FODEN: Responding to climate change impacts in Mediterranean ecosystems: challenges and opportunities


SYMPOSIUM 8: Stephen Jackson, Nicola van Wilgen & Wendy Foden - Climate change adaptation: Understanding impacts and vulnerability and taking conservation action

1. Alexander Gershunov (Scripps) & Stephen Jackson - Precipitation regime change in Mediterranean climate regions: the roles of subtropical drying, extreme events, and atmospheric rivers ONLINE 2. Hugh Safford & V. Ramón Vallejo (US Forest Service & Univ. of Barcelona) - Impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems in the Mediterranean climate regions and their implications for ecosystem management and restoration IN PERSON 3. Nicola van Wilgen, Wendy Foden, Jasper Slingsby, Jack Harper & Chad Cheney - Climate change impacts in South Africa: Vulnerabilities and implications for protected areas IN PERSON 4. Norbert Juergens - Extreme climate change impacts in arid Southern Africa: Richtersveld National Park ONLINE 5. Megan Jennings - Collaboration for conservation and climate adaptation action in southern California ONLINE 6. Gregor Schuurman - Adapting to climate change in the US National Park Service in a time of uncertain and unprecedented change ONLINE 7. Kyle Smith, Ian Russel & Jonathan Britton (SANParks) - Challenges managing intermittently open estuaries in national parks, from floods to fisheries IN PERSON 8. Wendy Foden, Stephen Jackson - Summary and panel discussion IN PERSON & ONLINE


Tea break

Parallel Session - Session chair: Adriaan Grobler, Stuart Hall

Parallel session - Session chair: Rupert Koopman, Kirsten Watson


THEMATIC SESSION: Ecophysiology andFunctional traits - functioning and resilience of MTEs

Samson BM Chimphango et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Potential germplasm for legume forage domestication from the Mediterranean Fynbos biome of South Africa
Dunja MacAlister & Samson BM Chimphango Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Growth and physiological responses of rooibos (Aspalathus linearis (Burm.f.) R. Dahlgren) to heat and drought stress
Robert Skelton et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Hydraulic safety margins in mountain fynbos communities: how close are they to the edge?
Adam West, Rob Skelton and Todd Dawson Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Sap flow versus snapshot? Revealing the intricacies of mountain fynbos responses to seasonal drought
Miranda Alejandro et al. (presented by Susana Gomez Gonzalez) Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Widespread, synchronous decline of Mediterranean-type forest driven by accelerated aridity

THEMATIC SESSION (TH_F): MTEs as socio-ecological systems

Ancois C. de Villiers et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Manifesting inspired landscapes: A case study of supporting landscape-based wellbeing in South Africa
David C Le Maitre Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Wildfires in the fynbos. Will we ever be prepared?
Conceição Colaço* Vanda Acácio and Catarina Sequeira Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Smart solutions for fuel management in Portugal

THEMATIC SESSION (TH_C1 continued):  Restoration of Mediterranean shrublands and rivers

Caroline Gelderblom and Kirsten Watson Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Securing water source areas though local coordinators and collaborative governance platforms
Allan Wood Short Paper: 6 mins In Person Impact of the gall-forming rust fungus Uromycladium morrisii on the invasive tree Acacia saligna in South Africa: 30 years of monitoring.
AnneLise Schutte-Vlok & Patrick Meyer Long Paper: 12 mins Online Invasive alien plants on the Outeniquas … a never-ending battle
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KEYNOTE 11 - KERSTIN BRAUN: Climatic stability recorded in speleothem stable isotopes affects diversity of Mediterranean climate regions


Tea break

Parallel session

Parallel session


SYMPOSIUM 9 : C Marean, R Cowling et al. - The Palaeo-Agulhas Plain Revises our  Understanding of the Cape Floristic Region

Symposia Outline Introduction: Curtis Marean, Arizona State University - Past and future paleoecological research on the submerged South African Plains (12 min) IN PERSON Presentation: Hayley Cawthra, Council for Geosciences - Producing geological and soil maps of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain’s submerged landscape for the Last Glacial Maximum (12 min) IN PERSON Presentation: Johanna von Holdt - Why are mima-like mounds of South Africa (heuweltjies) common in the Mediterranean ecosystem? (12 min) IN PERSON Presentation: Adriaan Grobler, Nelson Mandela University - The importance of C3 and C4 grasses and CAM shrubs in the Greater Cape Floristic Region under contemporary and Last Glacial Maximum climates (12 min) Presentation: Kerstin Braun, Arizona State University - Late Pleistocene climates of the Cape Floristic Region based on speleothem records (12 min) Presentation: Richard Cowling, Nelson Mandela University - Last Glacial Maximum vegetation of the south coast of the Cape Floristic Region: implication for the evolution of its coastal biota (12 min) IN PERSON Presentation: Kale Sniderman, University of Melbourne - Last glacial maximum (LGM) vegetation and climate in southwest Australia, the Cape Floristic Region’s sister plant-biodiversity hotspot: insights into the drivers of sclerophyll hyperdiversity (12 min) IN PERSON Presentation: Jan de Vynck, Nelson Mandela University - The human foraging potential of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain (12 min) Presentation: Susan Botha, Nelson Mandela University - A comparison between the plant food foraging potential of the current south Cape and the extant Palaeo-Agulhas plain from the perspective of early hunter-gatherers (12 min) Presentation: Jan Venter and Chris Brooke, Nelson Mandela University - Using functional groups to predict the biomass spatial distribution of the large mammals on the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain, South Africa during the Last Glacial Maximum (12 min) Synthesis and Overview: Curtis Marean, Arizona State University - The Palaeo-Agulhas Plain: Its significance to modern human origins (24  min) Facilitated Discussion: Mediated by Marean and  Cowling  - General discussion and summary (12 min)

SYMPOSIUM 10: Global Forest Communicators Network (supported by UN FAO) - Are u being heard ? The power of effective communication

Short break 5 mins


S Geerts, Shaw, K. et al. (IN PERSON) - The development of a planting protocol for indigenous plant species: Preventing cross pollination in the South African honeybush as a case study



Tea break

Parallel session  - Session chair: Anina Coetzee

Parallel session


THEMATIC SESSION: Current biodiversity conservation challenges for a shifting future - habitat restoration and fragmentation

Sjirk Geerts et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person A framework to guide stepping-stone corridors by citizens for ecosystem function: Rehabilitation to connect urban conservation areas in Cape Town South Africa
Ceinwen Smith Long Paper: 12 mins In Person People, Plants and Pollinators - Community Conservation on the Cape Flats
Stuart Hall et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Using mitigation resulting from environmental impact assessments as a tool to strengthen conservation of threatened species and habitats in the lowlands of the Cape Floristic Region.
Robert McDowell Long Paper: 12 mins In Person The Perils & Positives of Planting Indigenous..?
Irene Repeto-Deudero et al. Long Paper: 12 mins In Person Effects of afforestation of tree-less habitats on the productivity of neighbouring cork oak woodlands

E-Poster Session (Pre-recorded and live QnA)


Short break


KEYNOTE 12 - KATHLEEN KAY: Divergent edaphic adaptation promotes speciation, coexistence, and persistence in the California flora


KEYNOTE 13 - ALEXANDRA SYPHARD: Unraveling the complex effects of global change on altered fire regimes in California 


LUNCH BREAK & CLOSING FUNCTION, PRIZES (Combined with Lunch break)

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