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Red Eared Slider(Trachemys scripta elegans)

If you have spotted a free ranging red eared slider, please contact our researcher, Charisma Adlem.

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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...

Fall army worm in SA

Fall army worm

Access the latest fact sheets on the army worm situation in South Africa.

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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.

Highlighted Paper

Prioritising areas for invasive alien plant management in an urban setting

Overall priority areas for the management of invasive alien plants across the City of Cape Town

Factors related to human safety and security are most important when prioritising areas for invasive alien plant (IAP) management across the Cape Town metro. This was the surprizing finding of a study by C·I·B PhD student, Luke Potgieter, and a multi-disciplinary team including C·I·B core team members Dave Richardson and Mirijam Gaertner, CSIR researcher Patrick O'Farrell, and project managers at the City of Cape Town's Green Jobs Unit.

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.

Click to view EnviroKids Vol38

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 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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Events

News
11 December 2018

Many marine organisms move around the world on the bottom of ships and yachts. This living layer is commonly referred to as hull fouling. Unfortunately, hull fouling not only increases both the drag and fuel consumption of vessels, but is also one of the major contributors to the introduction and spread of invasive species.

27 November 2018

Predicting the future is hard. A recent review on climate change vulnerability assessments of species attempts to make this task easier for climate change biologists and conservation practitioners.

13 November 2018

Sixteen alien ornamental species that have spread from gardens into the city’s open spaces were assessed for their potential to invade natural habitats. A subset of species was found to be invasive in one or more habitat types.

06 November 2018

Two ecologists from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology at the Stellenbosch University, Prof. Brian van Wilgen and Prof. John Wilson, were the lead authors of South Africa's first national report on the status of invasive species…

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

Going to a sub-Antarctic Island or other isolated site?

See this video for quarantine guidelines.

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