The C·I·B is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established within the DST-NRF Centres of Excellence Programme.
This means that the C·I·B is not just at one institution, but has affiliated researchers at a range of academic and non-academic institutes
throughout South Africa. This inter-institutional arrangement allows a much broader range of research interactions to take place, allowing
a wide diversity of research associates and students to benefit from the programme.
The C·I·B is co-funded principally by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST),
through the National Research Foundation (NRF), and by Stellenbosch
The C·I·B was established with the mandate to conduct Research and Development and training in biodiversity science especially as it
applies to understanding the impacts of, and managing and preventing biological invasions.
Our research spans all biomes in South Africa, including Sub-Antarctic Marion Island, and is geared to understanding invasions elsewhere in Africa.
We investigate how biological diversity is altered by invasive plants and animals, and the effects these have on the functioning of ecosystems and the
services they deliver. Through our research, we are in a position to make scientific information available to assist policy makers and managers with
rational decision-making options regarding invasive alien species.
Our research focuses on the implications of biological invasions for:
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- ecosystem functioning
- ecosystem services