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.

Quest Special Issue

Quest Vol 11(2) Cover

The C·I·B has collaborated with Quest to produce a special issue of the magazine dedicated to biological invasions in South Africa. The articles in the special issue provide a rich overview of some of the exciting and important issues that are being addressing under the banner of “invasion science”.

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Highlighted Paper

Currently invasive pines belong to naturally invasive lineages

Pinus contorta in its native range in Yellowstone National Park, USA

Research by Laure Gallien and co-authors (including C·I·B Director Dave Richardson) sought to expand the current understanding of the origins of species invasiveness over large evolutionary scales to better appreciate how migrations and evolution have shaped the differences between invasive and non-invasive species. They exemplify the utility of this new approach by focussing on one of the best-studied invasive plant genera: Pinus.

Published book

Front cover of Plant Invasions in Protected Areas: Patterns, Problems and Challenges

Plant Invasions in Protected Areas: Patterns, Problems and Challenges

by Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Petr Pyšek, David M. Richardson and Piero Genovesi.

The topic of plant invasions in protected areas is dealt with comprehensively in a new book edited by researchers at the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B), SANParks, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Charles University in Prague and the IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group. The book provides a global review of all aspects of alien plant invasions in protected areas.

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)

08 February 2016

The discovery of a clump of broad-leaved paper-bark trees (Melaleuca quinquenervia) in 2009 by a field ranger lead to an exciting study on this global wetland invader.

02 February 2016

An interesting study by C·I·B PhD student examined the different number of species (species richness) and invertebrates on the rocky shores of Marcus Island after the arrival of alien species that were also ecosystem engineers

25 January 2016

Understanding how changes in the climate have influenced the spread of species is important if we want to conserve our most vulnerable species. Part of the answer lies in our ability to make predictions on whether species will be able to track predicted changes in the climate.

18 January 2016

In November 2015 the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) hosted an international workshop entitled “Evolutionary dynamics of tree invasions: drivers, dimensions, and implications for management”

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Past C·I·B Events