Grootbos Nature Reserve hosts a large variety of different ecosystems. The majority of the reserve is covered in species-rich fire-prone fynbos shrub- and heathlands. Forests are patchily dispersed as shady islands in places not influenced by wildfires. In order to take effective measures towards the conservation of all those ecosystems for future generations it is essential to know as much as possible about them. This book approaches some basic questions related to one of the major elements of all natural ecosystems - the vegetation:Which plant communities or vegetation units are present and how are they interrelated? How can they be integrated in existing classification systems for the Fynbos Biome? How is the vegetation related to certain environmental variables? How are the vegetation units distributed over the reserve? To what extent can the distribution of the vegetation units be related to the topography? The book should not only address scientists, but also hobby naturalists, supporting them to enhance their understanding of the distinctive biological features of the Southern tip of Africa and to explore the nature of Grootbos with a more open mind.
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Martin Mergili was born in 1979 in Linz, Austria. After a technical education he completed his studies in Geography at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2005 and started his doctoral studies of Natural Sciences at the same university. His activities focus on GIS-based modelling in the fields of geoecology and natural hazards research.
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