The daisy Senecio rhomboideus grows on the cushion plant Euphorbia clavarioides, the Golden Gate
Highlands National Park
The impact of human-induced environment changes on species is a common thread that ties together much of the research profiled here: from understanding species interactions, to microbial ecology research and ancient forms of life providing rich data on local ecosystems, rainfall patterns and climate change. The impact of research under the broad rubric of environment also includes the study of the extensive soil ecosystems across the African continent, and how organisms (including mammals) survive in extreme environments. The theme concludes with threats to the survival of iconic wildlife species.