Karen Esler

Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch Univesrity

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Karen J. Esler received her postgraduate education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. A BSc (Distinction, Botany) and BSc Honours (First Class) in Botany and Zoology was followed by an Ecology-based PhD. Following a post-doctoral year at UCLA, USA, she joined Stellenbosch University in 1995, first in the Department of Botany and later (2005) in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology. In 2008 she was promoted to full Professor. Her research experience is in population and community ecology of semi-arid vegetation, and she has published over 100 peer reviewed publications in journals and books. The overall goal of her research has been to understand how drivers of change (over-exploitation, habitat fragmentation and alien invasion) influence population and community structure and processes in South African fynbos, karoo and riparian vegetation by researching aspects of seed bank ecology, germination ecology, seedling establishment and phenology. The applied aspect of this work has been to give advice on aspects of best-practice management, restoration and conservation. Esler has a particular interest in social-ecological systems and in linking research and management. She is a core team member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (http://academic.sun.ac.za/cib/), an associate of the Stellenbosch University Water Institute (http://www0.sun.ac.za/water/), and a member of the Stellenbosch University Transdisciplinary PhD initiative linked to the TSAMA Hub (http://www.tsama.org.za/). Esler was the first woman president of the South African Association of Botanists (2006-2008), and is particularly interested in promoting women in science. She currently serves as chair of the HERS-SA board (http://www.hers-sa.org.za/). Her passion for Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTEs) is reflected in her research and service. Esler serves as the South African representative of ISOMED, is a founding member of the IUCN Mediterranean-Type Ecosystem Thematic Group (MTEG) (http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cem/cem_work/tg_mteg/) and of INCOMME, an international cooperative for the management of MTEs (http://www.incomme.org/). She serves on the SAEON Fynbos Node Liaison Committee, and the Fynbos Forum Committee (http://fynbosforum.org.za/) which organizes an annual meeting on Fynbos ecology and management. Esler has received several awards for her teaching, and has graduated 50 MSc and 10 PhD students (1998-April 2014). For a continually updated list of Esler’s publications, visit Esler’s profile on Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=psTb5kgAAAAJ&hl=en
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by Lauren S. Urgenson, Heidi E. Prozesky, Karen J. Esler
doi: 10.5751/es-05259-180126, published: 1 January 2013
by Nadia Sitas, Heidi Prozesky, Karen Esler, Belinda Reyers, Heidi E. Prozesky, Karen J. Esler
doi: 10.3390/su6063802, published: 12 June 2014
by Sheunesu Ruwanza, Mirijam Gaertner, Karen J. Esler, David M. Richardson, Karen J. Esler, David M. Richardson
doi: 10.1111/j.1654-109x.2012.01222.x, published: 15 August 2012
by Steffen Heelemann, Cornelia B. Krug, Karen J. Esler, Christoph Reisch, Peter Poschlod, Steffen Heelemann, Cornelia B. Krug, Karen J. Esler, Christoph Reisch, Peter Poschlod
doi: 10.1111/avsc.12026, published: 28 January 2013
by Henning Nottebrock, Baptiste Schmid, Katharina Mayer, Céline Devaux, Karen J. Esler, Katrin Boehning-Gaese, Matthias Schleuning, Jörn Pagel, Frank Schurr
doi: 10.1101/022533, published: 16 July 2015
by Antje Burke, Karen J. Esler, Eugene Pienaar, Phoebe Barnard
doi: 10.1046/j.1472-4642.2003.00164.x, published: 17 December 2002
by F.E. JONES, K.J. Esler
doi: 10.1023/b:bioc.0000040007.33950.38, published: 1 October 2004
by A. Krupek, M. Gaertner, P.M. Holmes, K.J. Esler
doi: 10.1016/j.sajb.2016.04.004, published: 1 July 2016
by E. Singels, K.J. Esler, R.M. Cowling, A.J. Potts, J. de Vynck
doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.208, published: 1 June 2016
by N. Dreber, K.J. Esler, K.J. Esler
doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.09.007, published: 1 February 2011
by T.V. Medinski, A.J. Mills, K.J. Esler, U. Schmiedel, N. Jürgens, A.J. Mills, K.J. Esler
doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.03.004, published: 1 September 2010
by Matthew J. Zylstra, Andrew T. Knight, Karen J. Esler, Lesley L. L. Le Grange
doi: 10.1007/s40362-014-0021-3, published: 23 September 2014
by M. K. Reinecke, C. A. Brown, K. J. Esler, J. M. King, M. T. Kleynhans, M. Kidd
doi: 10.1007/s13157-015-0634-6, published: 8 February 2015
by Karen J. Esler, Heidi Prozesky, Gyan P. Sharma, Melodie McGeoch, Karen J. Esler
doi: 10.1007/s10530-010-9812-x, published: 3 July 2010
by Karen J. Esler, Brian W. Wilgen, Kerry S. te Roller, Alan R. Wood, Johannes H. Merwe, Brian W. van Wilgen, Johannes H. Van Der Merwe
doi: 10.1007/s10530-009-9443-2, published: 10 February 2009
by Kudzai Farai Kaseke, Anthony J. Mills, Roger Brown, Karen J. Esler, Johannes. R. Henschel, Mary K. Seely
doi: 10.1007/s00024-011-0328-9, published: 19 May 2011