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Professor Michael Meadows awarded the African Academy of Sciences Fellowship in 2018

10 Dec 2018 - 09:15

Professor Michael Meadows awarded the African Academy of Sciences Fellowship in 2018

Professor Meadows has been on the forefront of reconstructing Southern Africa’s paleoenvironment for several decades with a focus on the Western Cape.

He has been drawing on a diverse set of records and proxies, that include diatoms and pollen from sediment and peat cores as well as hyrax middens from caves. The work has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the Late Quaternary winter rainfall zone associated wetland dynamics, the palaeoeceology of the Cape Floral Kingdom and sea level change. The most recent advances established high resolution Holocene records, also crucial in the identification of early anthropogenic land degradation, land use and land cover change.

Prof Meadows's work has been widely cited. While he could be described as a biogeographer, he has also played a significant role in advancing the subject of Physical Geography and Geomorphology having written and edited numerous books on the matter.

  In recognition of these achievements, the African Academy of Sciences has elected Professor Meadows to be a fellow of the AAS.