Please note that South Africa is under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See for official statistics and goverment communications.

To keep in line with the call to minimize exposure and risk of transmission the SAEON Fynbos Node is working from home as far as is possible. Most staff are maintaining regular working hours and can be contacted via email using the format You can also email us using the contact form.


The SAEON Fynbos Node forms part of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), a business unit within the National Research Foundation. The Department of Science and Innovation established SAEON to conduct long term environmental observation and promote an informed and timely response to global change.

SAEON is countrywide, with “Nodes” encompassing the major terrestrial, coastal and oceanic environments. Its activities cover the entire research-development-innovation value chain ranging from collecting, processing, archiving and interpreting data; developing data products and services; and interfacing with end users that include policy makers and environmental managers.

SAEON works in collaboration with government agencies, universities, research institutions, industrial partners and civil society.

Our Team



Abri de Buys



Elvirena Coetzee



Glenn Moncrieff

Data Scientist


Jasper Slingsby

Scientist (Acting Manager)

Postdocs and Fellows


Julia Glenday

Research Fellow


Martina Treurnicht

Postdoctoral Fellow


Rob Skelton

Research Fellow



Catchment Monitor

Rainfall and streamflow from the catchments that feed Cape Town’s major dams

EFTEON Landscapes

A map of existing meteorological, hydrological and ecological datasets and infrastructure to assist with EFTEON proposals.

Streamflow reduction estimator

Demonstration app showing estimates of the impacts of invasive alien plants on stream flow in the Fynbos Biome (as of 2008)

Research Sites and Data

Core study sites

Satellite study sites


Current Projects

These are projects linked to current grants. See ‘Sites and Datasets’ for long term projects.



Developing robust mechanistic frameworks of plant response to the environment


A South African hydrological model inter-comparison project

Protea demography

Exploring drought impacts on the demography of serotinous Proteaceae


A South Africa - Germany collaboration to understand the impacts of land-use and climate change on South African terrestrial ecosystems


Developing remote-sensing tools for natural resource management



Upcoming events (conferences, etc)

Other news

Conferences, awards, new students or staff


News on recent outreach and training events


Recent fieldwork, new research projects or publications

Recent Publications

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Near-real time forecasting and change detection for an open ecosystem with complex natural dynamics

Access the paper here. Managing fire, water, biodiversity and carbon stocks can greatly benefit from early warning of changes in the …

Forest restoration or propaganda? The need for Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) scores to uphold research integrity

Access the paper here. In a time of environmental crisis and ‘fake news’, there are calls for scientists to engage in public debate or …

An operational definition of the biome for global change research

Access the paper here. Biomes are constructs for organising knowledge on the structure and functioning of the world’s ecosystems, …


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