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Hot off the press: SAEON Highlights Report 2011-2015. Click here to download the pdf.


Happy as a Karoo Lark - Dr Joh Henschel of SAEON's Arid Lands Node was awarded a C1-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

In 2013 Dr Henschel joined the SAEON Arid Lands Node in Kimberley as node manager. Since then he has thrown his full weight into the research of the arid lands, and this has now been aptly rewarded. Being awarded a C1 rating signifies an established researcher who, on the basis of the high quality and impact of recent research, has considerable international recognition and who has substantially advanced knowledge and understanding in his/her research field.

Dr Henschel has a wide area of expertise, ranging from marine biology to hyena behaviour and community ecology. But his real interest lies in arid environments and in spiders (arachnology). He is an excellent popular science writer and has published a book of short articles and a poetry volume relating the marvels of life in the arid environments.

SAEON eNews congratulates Dr Henschel on this sterling achievement!



The construction of SAEON's new National Office in Colbyn, Pretoria started in October.

Signing the contract with Shaicon Construction - Back Row (L-R): Floris van der Walt and Theo Jongwana (SAEON Office Manager); Front Row (L-R): Lawrence Matsena, Johan Pauw (SAEON MD) and Thapelo Shai (Shaicon Construction MD).

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The Cathedral Peak Sentinel Site eddy covariance system and cosmic ray probe are up and running again, now fitted with vamped-up tower and security systems.

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