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Red Eared Slider(Trachemys scripta elegans)

If you have spotted a free ranging red eared slider, please contact our researcher, Charisma Adlem.

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Invasion Dynamics focuses on the ecology of invasive species and their impacts in recipient social-ecological systems.

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Freshwater Life

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New field guide by C·I·B Core Team Member describes life in freshwater more...

Fall army worm in SA

Fall army worm

Access the latest fact sheets on the army worm situation in South Africa.

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Who we are

The C·I·B is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established in 2004 within the DST-NRF Centres of Excellence Programme. Its members undertake research on the biodiversity consequences of biological invasions, largely through post-graduate student training. The principal aims of the Centre's work are to reduce the rates and impacts of biological invasions by furthering scientific understanding and predictive capability, and by developing research capacity.

The C·I·B has its physical home at the University of Stellenbosch, but comprises a network of senior researchers and their associated postdoctoral associates and graduate students throughout South Africa. Find out more about us.

Highlighted Paper

Genetic diversity through space and time: Insights from the invasive smallmouth bass

The study organism, Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu)

Genetic diversity has long been considered a cornerstone of biological invasions. It is generally assumed that populations of an invasive alien species will have lower genetic diversity in the new invaded area when compared to populations in the native range. This is thought to be the result of small size of founding populations and genetic bottlenecks experienced on arrival in the new area.

For Students

In support of our vision, we are offering bursaries to students who are studying towards an Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree in biodiversity, environmental sociology or invasion biology. Click on links to the left under “Student & Research support” to find out more about the support and bursaries that are on offer.

Want to see what invasion biology students really do in the field?

Watch a clip showing Reesha setting up a microphone array to estimate frog calling density at Silvermine.

Click to view EnviroKids Vol38

EnviroKids: Understanding alien plants and animals in South Africa

The C·I·B has joined forces with the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) in putting together an issue of the EnviroKids magazine, themed “Understanding alien plants and animals in South Africa.” This issue tackles the history of how aliens arrive from other places and what it means when they invade, highlighting certain examples of plants and animals. The content of Envirokids supports the national curriculum and serves as an educational resource for learners, parents and teachers.

C·I·B contributes to articles in The Conversation

The Conversation Africa is running a series on invasive species. Read the articles to find out how invasive species are affecting Africa and what measures are being used to reduce their impact.

Published book

Front cover of Detecting and Responding to Alien Plant Incursions

Detecting and Responding to Alien Plant Incursions

by John R. Wilson, F. Dane Panetta and Cory Lindgren.

Ecologists, land managers and policymakers continue to search for the most effective ways to manage biological invasions. In a new book by C·I·B researcher, John Wilson and colleagues, they explore how to detect and respond to alien plant incursions.

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Events

Biological Invasion-Related Events

News
25 June 2018

Invasive alien plants (IAPs) and their management are perceived both negatively and positively by urban residents, but these perceptions are shaped by individuals’ socio-demographic characteristics.

19 June 2018

Invader plants may not be equally successful in varied invaded ranges due to the time that passed since they were first introduced and environmental factors.

11 June 2018

Most Porcelain crabs are tropical, so Prof George Branch was surprised to find a species he has never seen before under boulders in the cold waters of Saldanha Bay, a site he has sampled regularly over several decades.

04 June 2018

A new study, led by C·I·B post-doctoral fellow Jeremy Shelton, has shown that water temperature plays a role in the impacts that an introduced fish has on native fishes.

The Bulletin, Science for Society July 2017

British Ecological Society showcases the C·I·B's contributions to Science for Society.

AoB PLANTS Special Issue

We are happy to announce the new AoB PLANTS Special Issue on Evolutionary Dynamics of Tree Invasions. read more

Going to a sub-Antarctic Island or other isolated site?

See this video for quarantine guidelines.

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