Robert Buitenwerf


Robert Buitenwerf

MSc Ecology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 2007

PhD candidate


Biography: After my MSc degree, I moved to South Africa where I worked on several research and conservation projects. Amongst others I worked for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) in Phalaborwa, the University of Cape Town, BirdLife South Africa, the Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS), and as a private environmental consultant. My research has focused primarily on African savanna vegetation.

My PhD research focusses on the phenology of African savanna plants, which will be studied in the field using eco-physiological methods and modelling techniques. The aim is to understand how environmental variables and plant traits determine plant phenology, and how processes within individual plants may be extrapolated to landscape or global scales.

Areas of Interest:

  • Vegetation dynamics of savannas
  • Plant atmosphere interactions
  • Plant form and function
  • Termites in arid systems