Professor Kevin Kirkman
Professor Kirkman's research interests focused on grassland vegetation and herbivore/vegetation interactions within grassland and savannas, with a focus on developing an understanding of the mechanisms of system function and applying this knowledge to management and restoration of of conservation and agricultural systems.

His current focus areas include: a combination of long-term ecological research and short term manipulative experiments to investigate plant community responses to environmental influences such as type, timing and frequency of grazing or burning.

Position:   Professor
Qualifications:   PhD
MSc Agric
BSc Agric
Discipline:   Grassland Science
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5821
 Research Areas:   Biotechnology, Ethnobotany, Medicinal plants, Ethnoveterinary medicine, Botany, Plant Physiology, Science education, Hormone physiology, Plant tissue culture
Recent Publications:

  Kirkman KP, Collins SL, Smith MD, Knapp AK, Burkepile DE, Burns CE, Fynn RWS, Hagenah N, Koerner SE, Matchett KJ, Thompson DI, Wilcox KR & Wragg PD. Responses to fire differ between South African and North American grassland communities. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 793–804

Priyadarshini KVR, Prins HHT, de Bie S, Heitkönig IMA, Woodborne S, Gort G, Kirkman KP, Fry B & de Kroon H 2013. Overlap in nitrogen sources and redistribution of nitrogen between trees and grasses in a semi-arid savanna Oecologia, In press.

Snyman HA, Ingram LJ & Kirkman KP 2013. Themeda triandra: a keystone species. African Journal of Range and Forage Science 30(3): 99–125

Tsvuura Z & Kirkman KP 2013. Yield and species composition of a mesic grassland savanna in South Africa are influenced by long term nutrient addition. Austral Ecology 38: 959–970

Koerner SE, Burkepile, DE, Fynn RWS, Burns CE, Eby S, Govender N, Hagenah N, Matchett KJ, Thomson DI, Wilcox KR, Collins SL, Kirkman KP, Knapp AK, Smith MD 2014. Plant community response to loss of large herbivores differs between North American and South African savanna grasslands. Ecology, 95(4): 808–816

 Postgraduate Candidates:   PG Candidates

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