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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 book cover

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

‘Regime shifts’ — a useful concept on which to base discussions about impacts of biological invasions?

A novel typology of social-ecological regime shifts

What happens when you take a concept developed to describe elements of ecology and apply it to complex social-ecological phenomena involving politics, economics, culture, and more? What challenges occur when concepts are borrowed from systems ecology or complexity science and applied to situations with people, power, perceptions, contingencies, and feelings? Have such deliberations any value for invasion science? A new paper addresses exactly these questions.

For Students

Photo: J. Shaw 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.

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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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Biological Invasion-Related Events

12 March 2018

Host plant compatibility and underground storage capacity do not explain the resistance of creeping prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa) to damage caused by the biocontrol cochineal scale insect Dactylopius opuntiae.

05 March 2018

It seems to be part of human nature to rate things against each other, to rank and to make lists of the “best” and the “worst”. Many of the lists out there are based purely on peoples’ opinions, but others, consider a set of factors with various levels based on well-defined criteria.

26 February 2018

The soil legacy effects of invasive nitrogen fixing woody species can present several barriers to the restoration of native plant communities. This was the finding of a recent review paper by C·I·B members in the journal Restoration Ecology.

07 February 2018

A paper published in the journal Biological Control showed that leaf-feeding beetles may be one of South Africa’s most promising biocontrol agents for famine weed.

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

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Past C·I·B Events