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South African National Biodiversity Institute

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SANBI will be involved in all work topics to some extent, particularly by contributing with additional approaches to identify the synoptic state of regional climate conducive to large fires, possibly by using Self-organizing maps (SOMS), by experimenting with drought treatments in a range of post fire vegetation ages and in reciprocal transplants along altitudinal gradients, and through contributing to the development of predictive models of land use and fire change. This will be done in WPs 1.2, 2.2 and 2.3.
Work packages
Dr. Midgley has deep experience in developing a predictive understanding climate change impacts on ecosystems, their related vulnerability, and developing adaptive conservation strategies. He develops dynamic modeling approaches that incorporate population demographic and ecosystem processes to project species responses to climate change. His research group models ecosystem dynamic responses to climate change, including fire, that modifies species/ecosystem response to climate change, and carries out field experiments on climate change (warming enclosures, drought treatments and reciprocal transplants).
Brief description of the legal entity
SANBI is a National Institute promulgated under the National Environment Act of South Africa (as of 1st September 2004) for promoting the sustainable use and conservation of the biodiversity of South Africa. Within SANBI, the Climate Change and BioAdaptation Division develops and implements coordinated research programmes that aim to increase understanding biodiversity responses to key pressures, such as climate change and other biological threats.


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