We had a visiting researcher from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina - Dr Lucía Mochi.
"In my doctoral research, I investigated woody encroachment processes in Argentinean savannas. Assessing impacts of cattle grazing and grasses on the early stages of encroacher tree species in these ecosystems. My focus is on understanding the determinants of tree seedling establishment to identify potential management tools for early control of woody encroachment. During my visit to South Africa, I participated in a workshop on fire management at Tswalu with researchers from the University of Pretoria, Rhodes University, and SANPark managers. I also collaborated in fieldwork in Dullstroom, where floristic vegetation censuses are performed. As part of my collaboration with the Archibald’s lab, I also initiated a literature review on tree establishment in savannas."