Lindsey has a BA (Hons) in Pure and Applied Biology from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford, specialising in the long-term ecology of east African Savannas. From 2002-2006, she was Trapnell Fellow in African Terrestrial Ecology at the University of Oxford. Lindsey Gillson joined the Plant Conservation Unit and Botany Department at UCT in April 2006, as a Lecturer in Plant Conservation Biology. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer from 2009 and Associate Professor from 2011.
Lindsey’s work covers themes of long-term vegetation change, ecosystem management and conservation, with a particular focus on African ecosystems. She teaches aspects of Conservation , Ecosystem Management, Global Change and Applied Palaeoecology at undergraduate, honours and masters levels.
Internationally, she is currently a member of the PAGES (Past Global Changes) Scientific Steering Committee (http://pastglobalchanges.org/about/structure/scientific-steering-committee), and the Centre for Australian Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage Centre Advisory Committee (https://epicaustralia.org.au/). At UCT, she is Deputy Director of the Plant Conservation Unit and is a member of the Science Faculty Animal Ethics Committee and the Environment and Management Working Group. She is Associate Editor of Anthropocene.
Lindsey’s book on palaeoecology, conservation and environmental change was published in 2015.