Ancia Cornelius

Ancia is an artist, botanist and miniaturist. She is fascinated by tiny things, both in association with people and nature, and how these small, seemingly insignificant things can bring us joy and fulfilment.

She has an MSc in Social-Ecology where she studied health clinic gardens as potential resources for nutrition, medicine and cultural ecosystem services. For the last 4 years, she has been working for Living Lands as a Landscape Mobiliser and Knowledge Broker. Her role is to study the social history of a landscape, to create an understanding of the social systems and how it shapes our roles as stewards of natural resources.

She is passionate about creating informative, well-designed maps and provide support to on-the-ground work through her GIS skills. As a miniaturist and botanical artist, she shares her art through a business platform called “Fynbos: tiny artworks of nature”.

MSc Social-Ecology

Theory U: Presencing foundation Program

Captain Scott Medal for MSc Botany

Contribution to published papers: Garden ecosystem services of Sub-Saharan Africa and the role of health clinic gardens as social-ecological systems (2018); Relational Hubs for Collaborative Landscape Stewardship (2019); Collaborative stewardship in multifunctional landscapes: toward relational, pluralistic approaches (2019)

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