Associate Professor Lindsey Gillson

Designation: 
Deputy Director: Plant Conservation Unit
Expertise: 
Applied palaeoecology, conservation and ecosystem management; theoretical ecology: resilience, thresholds, heterogeneity, variability, complexity and non-equilibrium; linking ecological and social systems
Associate Professor Lindsey Gillson

Biography

Lindsey Gillson joined the Plant Conservation Unit and Botany Department at UCT in April 2006, as a Lecturer in Plant Conservation Biology. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer from 2009 and Associate Professor from 2011.

Lindsey has a BA (Hons) in Pure and Applied Biology from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford, specialising in the long-term ecology of east African Savannas. In 2002, she was appointed as the first Trapnell Fellow in African Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Oxford, and developed themes of long-term vegetation change, ecosystem management and conservation in African ecosystems. She initiated a new palaeoecological project in the Kruger National Park and also participated in research in Madagascar, Tanzania and Mozambique. She is currently working on projects in South African biomes, focussing particularly on long-term vegetation dynamics at ecotones.

In 2008, Lindsey was recipient of the National Research Foundation’s President’s Award for Exceptional Research Potential, the UCT Science Faculty Young Researcher’s Award, and the UCT’s Fellows’ Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements as a Young Researcher.

Research Interests

  • Applied palaeoecology, conservation and ecosystem management
  • Theoretical ecology: resilience, thresholds, heterogeneity, variability, complexity and non-equilibrium
  • Linking ecological and social systems
Associate Professor Gillson's full biography can be found here.

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