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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun Town, Mengla County, Yunnan, PR. China, 666303


  Education Background: 

  1999-2006   Ph.D. (Applied Mathematics) University of KwaZulu-Natal 

  1997-1998   M.Sc. (Environment & Development) University of Natal 

  1993-1996   B.Sc. Agriculture (Grassland Science) University of Natal (Awards: Grassland Society Medal for Best Fourth Year Project and Seminar)   

  Work Experience: 

  2004.02-2005.07  Part-time Lecturer: School of Mathematical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

  2005.08-2006.07 Post-doctoral researcher: School of Mathematical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  

   2006.08-2007.05 Post-doctoral researcher, School of Bioresources, Engineering & Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.   

  2007.07-2013.07   Post-doctoral researcher, GEST Project, Resource Ecology Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.  

  2012.11-2013.01   Part-time consultant: subcontracted by C4 EcoSolutions, Cape Town, South Africa. For: project prepared for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

  Review Manuscripts for: 

  New PhytologistJournal of EcologyFunctional EcologyMethods in Ecology and Evolution, Plant Ecology, Biotropica among others. 

  Research Interests: 

  Savanna Ecology, Plant Functional Ecology, Plant Community Ecology, Conservation Biology 


  · The role of plant architecture in plant function and resource balance. 

  · Life-history and functional diversity of savanna trees. 

  · Morphology and physiology of plants of different functional types. 

  · Distribution and evolution of anti-herbivory strategies of plants. 

  · Consequences of fragmentation for species biodiversity. 



  Barbosa ERM, van Langevelde F, Tomlinson KW, Kirkman K, de Bie S, Prins HHT. Tree species from different functional groups respond differently to environmental changes during establishment.  Oecologia. doi:10.1007/s00442-013-2853-y 

  Tomlinson KW. 2013. The mixed success of Mimosoideae clades invading into Australia. In: Prins HHT, Gordon I (eds) Invasion biology and ecosystem theory: insights from a continent in transition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. (Book in press)  

  Tomlinson KW, van Langevelde F, Ward D, Bongers F, da Silva DA, Prins HHT, de Bie S & Sterck FJ. Deciduous and evergreen trees differ in juvenile biomass allometries because of differences in allocation to root storage. Annals of Botany 112: 575–587. doi:10.1093/aob/mct132 

  Tomlinson KW, Poorter L, Sterck FJ, Borghetti F, Ward D, de Bie S & van Langevelde F 2013. Leaf adaptations of evergreen and deciduous trees of semi-arid and humid savannas on three continents.  Journal of Ecology 101: 430-440. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12056.x  

  Tomlinson KW, Sterck FJ, Bongers F, da Silva DA, Barbosa ERM, Ward D, et al. 2012. Biomass partitioning and root morphology of savanna trees across a water gradient. Journal of Ecology 100: 1113-1121. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01975.x 

  Moore S, Shrestha S, Tomlinson KW & Vuong H. 2011. Predicting the effect of climate change on African trypanosomiasis: integrating epidemiology with parasite and vector biology. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0654.   

  Van Langevelde F, Tomlinson KW, Barbosa ERM, de Bie S, Prins HHT, Higgins SI 2011. Understanding tree-grass coexistence and impacts of disturbance and resource variability in savannas. In: Hill MJ, Hanan NL (eds). Ecosystem function in savannas: measurement and modelling at landscape to global scales. CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA. pp 257-271.   

  Jewitt GPW, Lorentz SA, Gush MB, Thornton-Dibb S, Kongo V, Wiles L, Blight J, Stuart-Hill SI, Versfeld D & Tomlinson KW  2009. Methods and guidelines for the licensing of SFRAs with particular reference to low flows. Water Research Commission.  Report No. 1428/1/09, Pretoria, South Africa. 

  Tomlinson KW, Hearne JW, Dominy JG & O’Connor TG 2007. A functional-structural model for growth of clonal bunchgrasses. Ecological Modelling 202: 243-264. 

  Tomlinson KW & O’Connor TG 2005. The effect of defoliation environment on primary growth allocation and secondary tiller recruitment of two bunchgrasses. African Journal of Range and Forage Science 22: 29-36. 

  Tomlinson KW & O’Connor TG 2004. Control of tiller recruitment in bunchgrasses: uniting physiology and ecology. Functional Ecology 18: 489-496. 

  Tomlinson KW, Hearne JW & Alexander RR 2002. An approach to evaluate the effect of property size on land-use options in semi-arid rangelands. Ecological Modelling 149: 85-95. 

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