Dr Heidi-Jayne Hawkins



ORCID: 0000-0001-9334-0669

Google scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=QArZRgYAAAAJ

My research interests are in plant physiology, functional ecology, and ecosystem carbon, especially as they relate to conservation efforts in the face of global change. I did my undergraduate studies in South Africa and obtained a PhD from the University of Hohenheim in Germany where I worked on the contribution on mycorrhizal fungi to plant nutrition. I have now worked for many years at the interface of academia and conservation doing action research at Conservation South Africa, while remaining an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. I have spent some time debunking myths in grazing science and more recently informing carbon offset projects. I was recently part of a team that made the first global estimate of mycorrhizal fungi as a carbon pool. Her vision is to better integrate research with conservation planning and implementation.