Nolwethu Jubase


My professional training background is in Nature Conservation (National Diploma - CPUT) and Environmental Management (Honours - UNISA). My Honours project tittle was: Assessment and adaptive management of invasive onion weed, Asphodelus fistulosus in Hopefield and Velddriff, West Coast.

I began my career in the conservation sector just before obtaining my National Diploma in Nature Conservation where I was doing my Experiential Training at Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area - City of Cape Town. After completing my diploma, I joined SANBI's Biological Invasions Directorate (BID), formerly known as Invasive Species Programme as a Technical Assistant in October 2011. This is when my interest in Invasion Biology developed. I am currently the Western Cape Regional co-ordinator for Biological Invasions Directorate (BID) based in Kirstenbosch, and my responsibilities are to co-ordinate and implement a regional programme for the detection of targeted incipient invasive species under surveillance and manage the strategic and operational component of the BID in the Western Cape Province.

Current Research

My second research interest lies in citizen science projects. I believe that influencing social systems in relation to the natural environment is the most powerful contemporary tool in achieving positive change in the state of socio-natural systems hence I am currently doing my MSc project tittle: Community engagement in detection and control of invasive species in Western Cape, South Africa. In this project I aim to map volunteer groups controlling invasive species in Western Cape, examine the individual motivations for controlling invasive species and assess the potential of public awareness to increase public support for invasive species management.