A born and bred Capetonian, Kerry has spent most of her life exploring and falling in love with the beauty of the Cape Floristic Region. Her interest in the biodiversity of this unique biome led her to study Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University, where her interest in research continued to grow. Her love for the Cape Floristic Region was cemented in 2016 when she carried out a study in the West Coast National Park, looking at the effects of competition on the pollination rate of two co-flowering species, Cotyledon orbiculata and Tylecodon paniculatus. In 2017, Kerry completed her Honours in Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University where she worked in the Global Change Biology Lab researching the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on an iconic species of the Succulent Karoo, the Quiver Tree (Aloidendron dichotomum). This study sparked her current fascination in arid-adapted flora. During her Honours year she felt that researching biodiversity was not enough for her and so her interest in conservation was ignited, leading to her application to the CB Masters course for 2018/2019. Kerry remains passionate and excited about the flora of both the Succulent Karoo and Cape Floristic Region and is delighted to start incorporating conservation-related objectives into her research of these two regions. Apart from her interest in the natural world, Kerry regularly volunteers at a children’s home, while running kids programmes in her area.
Has a recent shift in local climate regime allowed incipient range expansion of Aloidendron dichotomum? (Supervisors: Susan Cunningham, Guy Midgley, Wendy Foden)