About authors

David Hoare has an M.Sc. degree in Botany from the University of Pretoria and is currently completing a Ph.D. on patterns of diversity in grasslands of South Africa at the University of Port Elizabeth. His research experience includes studies on vegetation patterns and dynamics and an autecological study on a grass species. He has worked for the last 6 years at the Range and Forage Institute of the Agricultural Research Council as an ecologist and remote sensing scientist. During this time he developed a special research interest in the seasonal dynamics of vegetation from remote sensed data. He has experience in vegetation surveying, mapping and monitoring, focusing primarily on grassland systems, although he has also worked in savanna, fynbos and coastal vegetation, and is involved in national land-cover mapping from satellite data. Countries in which he has undertaken ecological research include South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. He is a professional member of the South African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists and has experience as an environmental manager.