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

Birds helped acacia trees travel 18,000km from Hawaii to Réunion Islands

Island biogeography theory predicts that most island species originate from nearby mainland regions and therefore arrive through rare, long-distance dispersal events. How close islands are to mainland regions must therefore be an important factor in determining the make-up of island biotas. For example, the Hawaiian Islands are approximately 4000 km from the nearest mainland and it is estimated that historically one new species arrived every 35 years or so.

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.

Read a review of the book.

View a list of all C·I·B published books.

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)

30 September 2014

Invasive species risk assessments have been developed to identify species that pose an invasion risk. Unfortunately, risk assessments tend to be expensive and time consuming, and due to a lack of resources…

22 September 2014

The annual Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology (MPDE) Conference, is one of the leading conferences that explore topics on ecological modelling. Among this year’s participants were C·I·B representatives, PhD student Ony Minoarivelo and former C·I·B student Dr Mihaja Ramanantoanina.

11 September 2014

Long distance dispersal of animals with low vagility has been treated as an enigma in biogeography. Truly oceanic islands (those which arose without ever having contact with the mainland) are excellent places for these investigations as all flora and fauna must have dispersed over an oceanographic barrier.

03 September 2014

Protected areas conserve biodiversity and more action is needed to ensure safeguards are in place to protect these areas, were two of the main findings of a recent study by C·I·B researchers.

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

Past C·I·B Events