Our friend and colleague James Aronson, his son Thibaud and colleague Marc Sitbon visited Gobabeb recently. James, who has a long association with southern Africa as a restoration ecologist, is also a botanist and “desert-phile”, with many publications on plants of deserts and the restoration of degraded drylands.
Their visit was part of an extended trip through Namibia and South Africa, doing some research for their upcoming book on trees of the world’s deserts. They were particularly interested in our Welwitschias, which are considered to be “dwarf trees”. Have a look at their blog on their Namibian visit (an upcoming posting will feature Welwitschia specifially).