Dr Pippin Anderson

Director of Graduate Studies: Department of Environmental & Geographical Science
Landscape ecology, with a particular focus on the ecology and socio-ecology of urban systems


Dr Pippin Anderson has a PhD in Ecology from UCT. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and also serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department. Her research interests are in urban ecology and restoration ecology. Broadly Dr Anderson is interested in peopled-landscapes and the establishment and protection of functioning ecologies in these spaces.

Research Interests

  • Plant ecology
  • Plant ecology in peopled landscapes
  • Land degradation
  • Plant functional types
  • Ecosystem services
  • Conservation planning and monitoring
  • Conservation education
  • Academic writing and communication in the sciences


Peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Anderson, P.M. and Hoffman, M.T. 2011. Grazing response in the vegetation communities of the Kamiesberg, South Africa: adopting a plant functional type approach. Journal of Arid Environments 75: 255 - 264
  2. Anderson, P.M., Hoffman, M.T. and O'Farrell, P.J. 2010. Above ground perennial plant biomass across an altitudinal and land use gradient in Namaqualand, South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 76: 471 - 481
  3. O'Farrell, P.J. and Anderson, P.M. 2010. Sustainable multifunctional landscapes: a review to implementation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2:59 - 65
  4. P.J. O'Farrell, P.M.L. Anderson, S.J. Milton and W.R.J. Dean. 2009. Human response and adaptation to drought in the arid zone: lessons from southern Africa. South African Journal of Science 105
  5. Anderson, P., Hoffman, M.T., 2007. The impacts of sustained heavy grazing on plant diversity and composition in lowland and upland habitats across the Kamiesberg mountain range in the Succulent karoo, South Africa. Journal of Arid Environments 70, 686 - 700
  6. Anderson, P., Hoffman, M. T., Holmes, P. 2004. The potential of Cephalophyllum inaequale (L. Bolus) for the restoration of degraded arid landscapes in Namaqualand, South Africa. Restoration Ecology 12: 343 - 351

Book chapters:

Anderson, P. and Hoffman, M.T. 2005. The effects of sustained heavy grazing on plant diversity and composition: A study of the Kamiesberg", in Allsopp, N and Hoffman, M.T. (2005), Towards Sustainable Land Use in Namaqualand: Proceedings of the Namaqualand Colloquium, 24-26 May. Published by ARC- Range and Forage Institute, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.


Tel: +27 (0)21 650 5386
Email: pippin.anderson@uct.ac.za