Biological Invasions: Implications for biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being

How biological invasions impact biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being

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Who we are

The C·I·B is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established in 2004 within the DSI-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

Digging into the causes of plant invasion effects on native biodiversity: alien plants as temperature modifiers

Invasive Acacia saligna trees (background) in native renosterveld habitats

With a changing climate it becomes even more important to understand how animals experience temperature on the ground. On a warm summer's day, air temperature sensors might reach 30°C or more, yet a lizard will feel the heat differently in its own environment.

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 Reesher setting up a microphone array to estimate frog calling density at Silvermine.

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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

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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

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  • 12 – 13 November 2020

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

Biological Invasion-Related Events

News
17 March 2020

Food sources and its availability determines how many species will occupy certain spaces and help biologists to predict their possible dispersion.

24 February 2020

A review of the economic benefits arising from the biological control of invasive alien plants has confirmed that the practice continues to deliver very attractive returns on investment.

05 February 2020

Understanding how patterns of species turnover differ between alien and native communities while accounting for species rarity and commonness unveils potential context-dependent mechanisms of invasion.

29 January 2020

Much of the world’s ecosystems require diverse and abundant insect communities to function, yet conservation efforts, typically, overlook this widespread taxonomic group. For this reason, there is a clear need to identify threats and swiftly develop strategies to protect invertebrates.

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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