Papers and peer-reviewed book chapters


Slingsby, Jasper A. 2020. Forest Restoration or Propaganda? The Need for Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Scores to Uphold Research Integrity. South African Journal of Science 116 (7/8).

Slingsby, Jasper A., Glenn R. Moncrieff, and Adam M. Wilson. 2020. Near-Real Time Forecasting and Change Detection for an Open Ecosystem with Complex Natural Dynamics. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 166 (August): 15–25.

Conradi, Timo, Jasper A. Slingsby, Guy F. Midgley, Henning Nottebrock, Andreas H. Schweiger, and Steven I. Higgins. 2020. An Operational Definition of the Biome for Global Change Research. The New Phytologist, April.

Treurnicht, M., Pagel, J, Tonnabel, J., Esler, K. J., Slingsby, J. A. and Schurr, F. M. 2020. Functional traits explain the Hutchinsonian niches of plant species. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Weideman, E. A., Slingsby, J. A., Thomson, R. L. and Coetzee, B. T. 2020. Land cover change homogenizes functional and phylogenetic diversity within and among African savanna bird assemblages. Landscape Ecology.

Slingsby, J. A., Moncrieff, G. R., Rogers, A. J., and February, E. C. 2020. Altered ignition catchments threaten a hyper‐diverse fire‐dependent ecosystem. Global Change Biology.


Allsopp, N., Slingsby, J. A., and Esler, K. J. 2019. Identifying research questions for the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region. South African Journal of Science, 115(9/10). The dataset DOI

Moreira, F., Allsopp, N., Esler, K. J., Wardell‐Johnson, G., Ancillotto, L., Arianoutsou, M., … & Fagoaga, R. 2019. Priority questions for biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean biome: Heterogeneous perspectives across continents and stakeholders. Conservation Science and Practice.

Slingsby J. A. and Slingsby P. W. O. 2019. Monitoring the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar with freely available Google Earth imagery. PeerJ 7:e7005; The dataset -

Magadzire, N., de Klerk, H. M., Esler, K. J. and Slingsby, J. A. 2019. Fire and life history affect the distribution of plant species in a biodiversity hotspot. Diversity and Distributions;


Poulos, H. M., Barton, A. M., Slingsby, J. A. and Bowman, D. M. J. S. 2018. Do Mixed Fire Regimes Shape Plant Flammability and Post-Fire Recovery Strategies? Fire, 1(3), 39;

Dornelas, M. et al. 2018. BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography. The dataset


Slingsby, J.A., Merow, C., Aiello-Lammens, M., Allsopp, N., Hall, S., Mollmann, H.K., Turner, R., Wilson, A.M. and Silander, J.A., 2017. Intensifying postfire weather and biological invasion drive species loss in a Mediterranean-type biodiversity hotspot. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The dataset DOI

le Roux, M. Marianne, Wilkin, Paul, Balkwill, Kevin, Boatwright, J. Stephen, Bytebier, Benny, Filer, Denis, Klak, Cornelia, Klopper, Ronell R., Koekemoer, Marinda, Livermore, Laurence, Lubke, Roy, Magee, Anthony R., Manning, John C., Paton, Alan, Pearce, Tim, Slingsby, Jasper, van Wyk, Ben-Erik, Victor, Janine E., von Staden, Lize, 2017. Producing a plant diversity portal for South Africa. Taxon.

Aiello-Lammens, M.E., Slingsby, J.A., Merow, C., Mollmann, H.K., Euston-Brown, D., Jones, C.S. & Silander Jr., J.A. 2017. Processes of community assembly in an environmentally heterogeneous, high biodiversity region. Ecography. 40: 561–576.


Wigley, B.J., Slingsby, J.A., Díaz, S., Bond, W.J., Fritz, H. and Coetsee, C., 2016. Leaf traits of African woody savanna species across climate and soil fertility gradients: evidence for conservative versus acquisitive resource‐use strategies. Journal of Ecology, 104(5), pp.1357-1369.

Verboom, G.A., Herron, M.L., Moncrieff, G.R and Slingsby, J.A. 2016. Maintenance of species integrity in the context of a recent radiation: the case of Jamesbrittenia (Scrophulariaceae: Limoselleae) in southern Africa. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2016, 182, 115–139.


Daru, Barnabas H., Michelle van der Bank, Olivier Maurin, Kowiyou Yessoufou, Hanno Schaefer, Jasper A. Slingsby and T. Jonathan Davies. 2015. A novel phylogenetic regionalization of phytogeographic zones of southern Africa reveals their hidden evolutionary affinities. Journal of Biogeography 43: 155–166.

Molina-Venegas, R., Aparicio, A., Slingsby, J.A,; Lavergne, S. & Arroyo, J. 2015. Investigating the evolutionary assembly of a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot: deep phylogenetic signal in the distribution of eudicots across elevational belts. Journal of Biogeography 42:507-518.

Moncrieff, G.R., Scheiter, S., Slingsby, J.A. & Higgins, S.I. 2015. Understanding global change impacts on South African biomes using Dynamic Vegetation Models. South African Journal of Botany 101: 16-23.

Seymour, C.L., Simmons, R.E., Joseph, G.S. & Slingsby, J.A. 2015. On bird functional diversity: species richness and functional differentiation show contrasting responses to rainfall and vegetation structure in an arid landscape. Ecosystems. 18: 971–984.


Ackerly, D.D., Stock, W.D., Slingsby, J.A. 2014. Geography, Climate, and biodiversity: the history and future of Mediterranean-type ecosystems. In Allsopp, N., Colville, J.F. and Verboom, G.A.(editors), Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation in a Megadiverse Region. Oxford University Press, UK. Buy book. Request chapter

Bouchenak-Khelladi, Y., Slingsby, J.A., Verboom, G. A. & Bond, W.J. 2014. Diversification of C4 grasses (Poaceae) does not coincide with their ecological dominance. American Journal of Botany 101:300-307.

Moore, C., Cumming, G.S., Slingsby, J. & Grewar, J. 2014. Tracking socioeconomic vulnerability using network analysis: insights from an avian influenza outbreak in an ostrich production network. PlosONE 9:e86973.

Slingsby, J.A., Britton, M.N. & Verboom, G.A. 2014. Ecology limits the diversity of the Cape flora: phylogenetics and diversification of the genus Tetraria. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 72:61-70.

Slingsby, J.A., Ackerly, D.D., Latimer, A.M., Linder, H.P. & Pauw, A. 2014. The assembly and function of Cape plant communities in a changing world. In Allsopp, N., Colville, J.F. and Verboom, G.A.(editors), Fynbos: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation in a Megadiverse Region. Oxford University Press, UK. Buy book. Request chapter


Paxton, B.R., O’Brien, G.C., Slingsby, J.A. & Copin, R. 2013. Validation of the periodicity of growth increment deposition in otoliths from the larval and early juvenile stages of two cyprinids from the Orange–Vaal river system, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science 38, Supplement 1:49-54.

Valsecchi, V., Chase, B.M., Slingsby, J., Carr, A.S.; Quick, L.J., Meadows, M.E., Cheddadi, R. & Reimer, P.J. 2013. A high resolution 15,600-year pollen and microcharcoal record from the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 387:6-16.

Viljoen, Jan-Adriaan; Muasya, A Muthama; Barrett, Russell L; Bruhl, Jeremy J; Gibbs, Adele K; Slingsby, Jasper A; Wilson, Karen L; Verboom, G Anthony. 2013. Radiation and repeated transoceanic dispersal of Schoeneae (Cyperaceae) through the southern hemisphere. American Journal of Botany, 100, 12, 2494-2508.


Schurr, F.M., Esler, K.J., Slingsby, J.A. & Allsopp, N. 2012. Fynbos Proteaceae as a model organism for biodiversity research and conservation. South African Journal of Science 108:10-13.


Thuiller, Wilfried; Slingsby, Jasper A; Privett, Sean DJ; Cowling, Richard M. 2007. Stochastic species turnover and stable coexistence in a species-rich, fire-prone plant community. PloS One, 2(9) e938.


Slingsby, Jasper A; Verboom, G Anthony. 2006. Phylogenetic relatedness limits co‐occurrence at fine spatial scales: evidence from the Schoenoid sedges (Cyperaceae: Schoeneae) of the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa. The American Naturalist, 168(1): 14-27.

Other publications

Slingsby, Jasper A. 2017. The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks. African Journal of Range & Forage Science 34:227-228. - Book Review

Slingsby, Jasper A., Slingsby, Peter W.O. 2012. Mountain Fynbos in A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity. David Liittschwager. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 224 pages

Rush to drill for water threatens our future water supply - GroundUp, 28 February 2018

Alien trees are a major threat to water supply – so why doesn’t this reflect in Cape Town’s draft budget? (with Mark Botha) - Daily Maverick, 2 May 2018

Aliens are greatest threat to Cape Town’s water security (with Mark Botha) - GroundUp, 29 May 2018

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