The Hans Merensky Chair in Advanced Modelling of Eucalypt Wood Formation
Understanding xylogenesis in the world's most widely planted hardwood species
Post authored by Dr Letitia Schoeman and Mrs Liesel Strauss
We are thrilled to announce that two new M.Sc. students will be joining EucXylo!
EucXylo is going from strength to strength in 2022, with the addition of two new M.Sc. students: Lucy Nevhungwili and Matthew van Eyssen.
Lucy obtained her undergraduate degree in B.Sc. Agriculture (Forestry specialization) from the University of Venda and a Postgraduate diploma in Forestry and Wood Science from the University of Stellenbosch. She has an interest in the processes behind plant development and improving plant species.
Matthew obtained his B.Sc. in Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University, where his focus was on Wood Product Science. Matthew is excited to join the EucXylo team to expand his knowledge in Forestry, specifically focusing on Eucalyptus. Prof. Dave Drew will act as his main supervisor, but the project will also involve a collaboration with Wood Product Science and there Prof. Brand Wessels will be his co-supervisor. Matthew’s project will involve an in-depth analysis on wood structure, as well as silvicultural regimes to see if there are any strong indictors that could assist with cell wall collapse. In his free time, Matthew enjoys fixing things or inventing objects to ease or improve life. Wood has always fascinated him and throughout his study, his love for it has grown.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” – Albert Einstein
Welcome to the team Lucy and Matthew!