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Postdoctoral Studies

Dr Penny Mograbi

Email: P.Mograbi@ru.ac.za; Penny.Mograbi@gmail.com

Penny joined Rhodes University as a post-doctoral Research Fellow in January 2017. She has a strong interest in human-environment interactions, ecosystem dynamics, and spatial ecology in social-ecological systems. She has a BA Industrial Psychology (UJ), and a BSc and PhD in Ecology (WITS). Her thesis assessed spatiotemporal dynamics of woody vegetation biomass and 3D structure in former Apartheid homelands in the Bushbuckridge Municipality of the semi-arid Lowveld area of South Africa, using airborne laser scanning technology.


Mograbi, P.J., Asner, G.P., Witkowski, E.T.F., Erasmus, B.F.N., Wessels, K.J., Mathieu, R. and Vaughn, N.R. in press. Humans and elephants as treefall drivers in African savannas. Ecography, 40. doi: 10.1111/ecog.02549.

Mograbi, P.J., Erasmus, B.F.N., Witkowski, E.T.F., Asner, G.P., Wessels, K.J., Mathieu, R., Knapp, D., Martin, R. and Main, R. 2015. Biomass increases go under cover: Woody vegetation dynamics in South African rangelands. PLoS ONE, 10(5), pp.  e0127093. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127093.

Fisher, J.T., Witkowski, E.T.F., Erasmus, B.F.N., Mograbi, P.J., Asner, G.P., van Aardt, J.A.N., Wessels, K.J. and Mathieu, R. 2015. What lies beneath: Detecting sub-canopy changes in savanna woodlands using a 3D classification method. Applied Vegetation Science, 18(3), pp. 528-540. doi:10.1111/avsc.12160.


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