Martina Fynbos Treurnicht
I am a plant ecologist studying the relationships between plant performance and the environment as a basis for understanding biodiversity responses to ongoing global change. Notably, I study large-scale demographic- and functional trait variation of multiple species across their geographical distribution in the Cape Floristic Region biodiversity hotspot. In general terms, I am curious about the diversity and resilience of the natural world, notably, demographic variation (e.g. survival and reproduction) and plant ecological strategies in semi-arid, fire-prone environments that harbor exceptional diversity. Understanding and documenting the historical and contemporary patterns of plant species descriptions of the Cape Floristic Region are also among my interests.