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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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Invasion Dynamics focuses on the ecology of invasive species and their impacts in recipient social-ecological systems.

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Freshwater Life

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

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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

Identifying invasion syndromes to improve our capacity of understanding and managing biological invasions

Framework explaining the concept of invasion syndromes.

For decades, invasion scientists have been trying to identify generalisations that can allow us to understand which species will become invasive in the future, where and how they will be introduced, which impacts they will have in the invaded areas, and how we can efficiently manage them. However, due to the context dependency of biological invasions, finding such robust and useful generalisations is still a challenge in invasion science.

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

Front cover of Biological Invasions in South Africa

Biological Invasions in South Africa

by Brian van Wilgen, John Measey, Dave Richardson, John R. Wilson and Tsungai Zengeya.

This open access volume presents a comprehensive account of all aspects of biological invasions in South Africa. With 104 authors contributing to 31 chapters, there are nearly 1000 pages of text in this volume. The idea is that this book represents an encyclopaedic approach to covering all aspects of invasions in South Africa.



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  • 12 – 13 November 2020

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

Biological Invasion-Related Events

26 May 2020

The invasive plant sour fig (Carpobrotus edulis: also known as Hottentot-fig, ice plant, highway ice plant, or pigface) can have a clear impact reducing the abundance of native invertebrates, with substantial effects on herbivores.

18 May 2020

In an article recently published in Current Biology, an international team led by C·I·B Research Associate Jaco Le Roux suggest that care should be taken when conveying scientific data related to biodiversity impacts caused by climate change, as policy makers often make decisions based on scientific evidence.

15 May 2020

Over the past decade research has been done towards understanding the role of phytochemicals in the success of plant invasions. This research has led to the well-known Novel Weapon Hypothesis…

11 May 2020

The scientific publication landscape has dramatically changed in environmental sciences (and beyond) since the onset of this millennium by two closely interconnected trends: the widespread emergence of online-only journals that drastically reduced the costs for scientific publishers, and the increasing success of Open Access publishing journals…

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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