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Deploying spectral probe systems in the Cathedral Peak LTER platform

The data acquired will allow SAEON scientists and their French collaborators to establish relationships between climatic events, hydrology, quality and quantity of organic carbon export. 


Looking under the hood of hydrological models

SAEON has embarked on a collaborative research project, funded by the Water Research Commission, to study the implications of applying different catchment hydrological models in different settings and provide guidance for modellers.


SAMREF meeting highlights the value of science-industry engagement

On the agenda was a proposal for a sediment database hosted by SAEON, which will be comprised of samples received from sources including the oil and gas industry and foreign research vessels that survey in SA waters.


‘Flowering plants of the southern Kalahari’: a significant contribution to southern African field guides

Two SAEON research associates, Dr Noel and Prof Gretel van Rooyen, compiled the comprehensive field guide following many years of study and observations in the Kalahari.


National Biodiversity Assessment 2018: The status of South Africa’s ecosystems and biodiversity

SAEON played a fundamental role in contributing towards the National Biodiversity Assessment, as ten SAEON staff members were involved in the technical reports as authors and contributors.


Providing strategic direction to SAEON’s financial portfolio

Benny Molefe, SAEON’s financial manager, aims to ensure sustainable funding for SAEON operations within the NRF and government mandates.


Truly inspiring!

SAEON’s Keneilwe Hlahane has added one more accolade to her already impressive portfolio – she was chosen as one of the InspiringFiftySA winners for 2019.


Gaining in-depth knowledge about mountain systems in the heart of the Alps

Byron Gray presented his PhD research at the International Mountains Conference in Austria, which encouraged cross-disciplinary discussions towards a novel understanding of mountain systems.


Learning remote sensing to establish woody plant encroachment in the savanna biome

PhD student Tiffany Aldworth attended the first EMSAfrica Summer School to learn more about the applications of synthetic aperture radar remote sensing for environmental monitoring.


GSN Indibano 2019 through the eyes of the SAEON interns

Interns of the six SAEON nodes that were invited to attend this year’s Graduate Student Network Indibano, wrote a joint article to share their experiences of an ‘incredible week’.


GSN Node activities: Grassland Node hosts ‘Introduction to Python’ course

The course was presented by two experienced Python facilitators from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. François Chabannes led the course, with Ben Brooker walking around assisting the attendees.


SAEON Special Awards encourage future environmental scientists

The winners each received an award and a pair of binoculars – to inspire these promising young scientists to keep observing the world around them.


SAEON’s Elwandle Node showcases new Ocean Sciences Campus during National Marine Week

This year’s celebrations, led by the Elwandle Node, raised awareness about the importance of preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.


Decoding the mysteries of the ocean

SAEON’s Egagasini Node presented an Ocean Observers Workshop for Marine Science students and interns to showcase oceanographic instruments to learners in the Node’s education outreach programme.


SAEON in the media

SAEON’s people and projects received coverage in international and national print, broadcast, online and social media.



“We are entering a make-or-break decade for nature and humanity’s future. We need healthy nature to create a just world without poverty where all people have access to food, water and healthcare.” – Dr Grethel Aguilar, IUCN Acting Director General

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