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 book cover

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.



C·I·B Sponsored Events

  • 6-8 November 2017
    Models Groups Workshop, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • 9 – 10 November 2017

    C·I·B Annual Research Meeting, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Biological Invasion-Related Events

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

01 December 2017

In November 2017, the C·I·B hosted an international workshop on “Invasion Syndromes”.

21 November 2017

The December 2017 edition of the journal Biological Invasions is a special issue devoted to papers from a conference on urban invasions that was hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in November 2017.

15 November 2017

A “mycorrhiza” is a relationship between a fungus and the roots of a plant. The fungus lives inside the plant roots, and increases the roots’ efficiency in absorbing nutrients from the soil. In such a relationship, both the plants and the fungi, are said to be mycorrhizal…

26 September 2017

A recent study by C·I·B PhD graduate Mathys Strydom (currently at the Academy of Environmental Leadership) found that annual seed input of invasive Australian Acacias is still high, despite the use of biological control agents.

Fall army worm in SA

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

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

See this video for quarantine guidelines.

Past C·I·B Events