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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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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

A novel system for ranking and comparing the impacts of invasive species

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As many invasive non-native (or alien) species pose a global threat to human well-being and livelihoods, an international team of researchers, including C·I·B researchers and associates, have recently developed a new transparent ranking system for plants and animals moved around the globe by humans to find out which are the worst. Their study was published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

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

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.

22 August 2017

Nature reserves, national parks and marine protected areas have been proven to effectively shield native wildlife from the impacts of invasive species, according to a recent study in the journal Global Change Biology.

18 August 2017

Native areas that are invaded by the invasive alien tree Port Jackson can experience soil legacies for up to 10 years after its removal. This was the finding of a recent study by a group of C·I·B researchers, led by C·I·B PhD student, Mlungele Nsikani.

11 August 2017

The areas between land and a river or stream (riparian habitats) forms a small fraction of the landscape, but support a high diversity of birds. Invasion of these riparian areas by invasive alien plants can negatively affect bird groupings…

Fall army worm in SA

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Past C·I·B Events