Thabang Sibiya

Background

I completed my graduate degree in BSc Environmental Science and BSc (hons) Environmental Science (biological stream) with the University of Kwazulu-Natal. I am currently enrolled with Stellenbosch University for an MSc degree in Conservation Ecology. I am also employed by SANParks working on restoration ecology in the Garden Route.

Current research

The increased prevalence of alien plants in protected areas prompts for more proactive management actions. Management actions and monitoring plans depend on scale at which invasions occur. Thus the study aims to investigate patterns of alien plants and their subsequent invasions at two geomorphological scales, channel type and geomorphic unit, in the Sabie River. My research project recognises that vegetation dynamics are a consequence of the inherent geomorphological, flow and the sediment regime at a given scale. Numerous studies have validated the importance of flow. However, the role of geomorphology, which provides the template and scale hierarchies where process and vegetation interact, is largely unknown for riparian invasions.