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Dr Sally Archibald

Sally Archibald is a senior research scientist in the ecosystem processes and dynamics research group at CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment.
Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of savanna ecosystems. She is interested in fire ecology and vegetation dynamics and uses a range of approaches – from modelling, remote sensing, and field experiments – to address questions on the response of these systems to global change.
She has experience using eddy-covariance techniques to understand patterns of water, energy and carbon exchange and through the CarboAfrica project participates in the Fluxnet network of eddy-covariance sites. She is involved in inter-continental and global comparisons of vegetation structure and function and is an associate editor for the International Journal of Rangeland Management.
Current activities and research interests

  • Developing a global theory of fire – a statistical description of global fire regimes
  • A biogeographic analysis of the distribution of the savanna biome
  • Fire and the forest-savanna boundary – mechanisms controlling large-scale vegetation patterns in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Fire-size frequency distributions and the effect of humans on fire regimes.
  • Environmental controls of tree and grass leaf display in semi-arid savanna systems
  • Ecosystem stress in response to temperature, UV radiation, water and nutrients in southern African systems

Formal education

  • 1996 University of the Witwatersrand  BSc
  • 1998 University of Cape Town BSc Honours
  • 2003 University of Cape Town MSc
  • 2010 University of the Witwatersrand PhD

Organisational details
PO Box 395
South Africa

Tel: +27 12 841 3487
Fax: +27 12 841 4322
Email: sarchibald@csir.co.za


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