#karooecology

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Not all herbivores are wooly sheep, some are wooly caterpillars 🐛. This was taken in a grazing exclosure demonstrating how we overlook the impacts of insects on Karoo shrubs in conventional grazing studies. At this time of the year they have noticeable effects on canopy cover. #karoo #karooecology #fieldwork #fieldexpexperiments . #karoolife
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Since June 2017 MTH and I have taken 47 #repeatphotos of landscapes in the #easternkaroo of the Eastern Cape and there are at least another 20 of Piet Roux's historical photos to retake in the next few months. Having a great time capturing #landscapechange in the Karoo as part of my #PhD on assessing long-term changes on #rangelands in these parts! #rangelandecology #karooecology #sheepfarms #cattlefarms #climatechange #landusechange #drought
We drove for 4 hours and worked for 8 today in some really interesting areas of the Sneeuberg region. And now we get to enjoy a few nights stay at the gorgeous Die Tuishuisie in Cradock. I mean could a Karoo girl ask for more 🙆 #happyheart #phdlife #phd #karooecology #repeatphotograpy #cantwaittosleep
#tb Aptosimum procumbens, commonly known as brandbossie or carpet flower. Photographed at my Houdconstant survey 2 weeks ago where they have had some really good rains. Such an astonishing beauty to find in the veld. #karooviolet #karooplants #karooecology #botanize
This is what centuries of erosion looks like in some parts of the Karoo. The soils erode away over time forming deep trenches or gullies and together they are called badlands. Plants are also unable to establish in these gullies because the topsoil has been washed away. What's left behind though is a really cool soil profile. #karoolands #Karoo #badlands #erosiongullies #karooecology #bergplaas #sneeuberg
Is it haunted? We came upon this creepy old bus on the top of a plateau in the Karoo just east of Noupoort while doing fieldwork the other day. 😨👻#karooecology #Karoo #mountains #creepybus
Looking forward to being back in the Karoo next week :) I'll be moving around between Middelburg, Noupoort, Steynsburg, Jamestown, Nieu-Bethesda and Graaff-Reinet this time! Maybe I'll be meeting a few of you Karoo mense too :) But first.... I organise! #fieldtrip #karooecology #repeatphotography #botanize #phd #phdstudent #excitingtimes