Freshwater Life

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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.

The Fall Armyworm in South Africa

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Highlighted Paper

Global insect invasions are difficult to predict from distribution models alone

Front cover Global Ecology and Biogeography

Non-native invasive insects have major impacts on ecosystem function, agricultural production and human health. To make better predictions of where such species may establish and invade, species distribution models (SDMs) are widely used tools to predict potential distributions and invasion extents across new geographical areas.

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's first decade

Read a short overview titled Invasion science for society: A decade of contributions from the Centre for Invasion Biology in South African Journal of Science (no subscription required)

07 April 2017

C·I·B MSc student, Marike Louw, was recently awarded the runner-up prize in this year’s Young Science Communicator’s Competition (YSCC) for her popular article about sampling tiny, shy frogs.

04 April 2017

A popular article about invasive ladybirds by C·I·B PhD student, Ingrid Minnaar, recently awarded her the first prize at SAASTA’s 2016/2017 Young Science Communicator’s Competition (YSCC).

31 March 2017

A paper published in the journal Biological Control showed that flower-feeding weevils can be effective biocontrol agents…

22 March 2017

A recent paper led by C·I·B post-doctoral fellow Heidi Hirsch highlights how uncertainty about the taxonomy can impact inferences in invasion ecology, using the Australian silver wattle (Acacia dealbata) as a case study.

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Read a review of the book by James A Drake et al. in Biological Invasions

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