C·I·B Teams

Former Post-docs and Students

Dr Mhairi Alexander

Mhairi is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Predicting invasive species impacts and testing major hypotheses in invasion biology: comparative functional responses in fundamental and applied invasion ecology


Ms Jessica Allen

Jessica is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Examining the relative contributions of latitudinal variation and phenotypic plasticity to thermal tolerance in arthropods


Dr Adeline Barnaud

Adeline is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Systematics of the family Brassicaceae with special emphasis on canola and its wild relatives


Mr Stuart Barrow

Stuart is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: The impacts on non-native sports fish (Micropterus spp.) in the Cape Floristic Region.


Ms Christene Helene Basson

Helene is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Thermal adaptation in the lizard Cordylus oelofseni: physiological and behavioural responses to temperature variation


Dr Cécile Berthouly-Salazar

Cécile is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Genetic structure, spatial dynamics and local scale impacts of the invasive common myna Acridotheres


Mr Ryan Blanchard

Ryan is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: An assessment of the biodiversity impacts from biofuel in South Africa


Dr Brigitte Braschler

Brigitte is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: SAIAB Barcoding project


Mr Emile Bredenhand

Emile is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Search for indication in the rapid assessment of biodiversity in the Cape Floristic region


Mr Casey Broom

Casey is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Thermal adaptation and behaviour: the interplay between performance and personality in the intertidal teleost Clinus superciliosus


Ms Laura Caetano

Laura is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Environmental conflict and its resolution: The case of alien species management in South Africa


Ms Lukeshni Chetty

Lukeshni is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Identity preservation of maize and soybean in a South African environment


Dr Susana Clusella-Trullas

Susana is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: The size-grain hypotheses as a test of evolutionary trade-offs


Mr Casparus Crous

Casparus is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Vulnerability of selected native and invasive riparian species to projected stream flow variability due to climate change in the fynbos ecosystem


Ms Sarah Jane Davies

Sarah is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Geographic range, spread and potential distribution of the painted reed frog Hyperolius marmoratus in the Western Cape Province, South Africa


Dr Alana Den Breeyen

Alana is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Role of fungal endophytes in promoting invasiveness of Australian Acacia species


Mr Brendon Dredge

Brendon is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Invasion stage of the five lentic water bodies in the Western Cape, South Africa.


Ms Lihle Dumalisile

Lihle is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Effects of Chromolaena odorata invasion and eradication on invertebrate diversity and processes


Mr Zishan Cassiem Ebrahim

Zishan is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Amphibian conservation in an urban park: a spatial approach to quantifying threats to Anura in Table Mountain National Park


Ms Benis Egoh

Benis is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Integrating ecosystem services into conservation planning in South Africa


Ms Hermina Elizabeth Fourie

Ina is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: The impact of invasive riparian trees on stream ecosystem structure and function.


Dr Llewellyn Foxcroft

Llewellyn is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Patterns and proccesses of invasion in an African savanna ecosystem, with emphasis on spatial and temporal scales and implications for management


Dr Mirijam Gaertner

Mirijam is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Effects of invasive alien plants species and cultivation on nitrogen cycling, plant species composition, and colonisation by secondary invaders: Implications for the ecological restoration of fire-pro


Ms René Gaigher

René is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Characteristics of Pheidole megacephala and its ecological connectance as an indigeous versus an invasive ant


Dr Sjirk Geerts

Sjirk is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Reproductive ecology of incipient plant invaders


Ms Michelle Gibson

Michelle is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: How alien invasive plants fit into pollination/seed dispersal networks in different habitats


Ms Jeanne Gouws

Jeanne is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Intraspecific body size variation in insects


Dr Emily Gray

Emily is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Metabolic rate and desiccation resistance in insects


Ms Michelle Greve

Michelle is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: South Africa's avifauna: How they are effected by landscape transformation


Ms Gené Guthrie

Gené is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Developing ecologically friendly mechanisms of Arundo donax control for the restoration of biodiversity capital in Cape riparian vegetation


Mr Kyle Harris

Kyle is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Assessing and monitoring local scale impacts of Opuntia stricta on spider and dung beetle assemblages in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.


Ms Tanya Haupt

Tanya is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Wandering Albatrosses as ecosystem engineers for caterpillars on Marion Island:. And I signed the contract this morning.


Ms Natalie Haussmann

Natalie is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: The biogeomorphology of a keystone species in the Sub-Antarctic


Mr Brendan Stephen Havenga

Brendan Stephen is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Fouling by non-indigenous marine species – Impacts on biodiversity and mariculture


Dr Matthew Hill

Matt is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Invasive insects


Mr Jan Anton Hough

Anton is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: A case study of the social impact of alien vegetation clearing projects in the Baviaanskloof Megareserve


Ms Sanet Hugo

Sanet is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Investigating the biological dynamics of ecotones in South Africa


Dr Cang Hui

Cang is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Biodiversity consequences of biological invasions. Understanding the dynamics of the abundance and distribution of invasive species


Mr Llewellyn Edward Oscar Jacobs

Llewellyn is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Dry-fruited Myrtaceae as invasive species, with focus on Melaleuca and Callistemon in South Africa.


Dr Charlene Janion-Scheepers

CJ is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Soil Ecology and Invertebrate Taxonomy


Ms Marinel Janse van Rensburg

Marinel is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Linking Network Architecture of Species Co-distribution to Community Assemblage Processes


Ms Wilna Jansen

Wilna is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Understanding spider diversity across an altitude gradient in the Drakensberg, South Arica


Mr Jacques Hendrik Jacobus Jansen van Rensburg

Jacques is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Effective management of the control of Invasive Alien Plants on privately owned land


Ms Keafon Jumbam

Keafon is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Physiological responses of Argentine ants compared to indigenous ants


Dr Jesse Kalwij

Jesse is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: The role of roadside verges as invasion corridors


Ms Haylee Kaplan

Haylee is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Assessing the invasiveness of Acacia stricta: is eradication an option?


Ms Elizabeth Kleynhans

Elsje is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: The effects of climate on tsetse fleis (Diptera: Glossinidae): from experimental physiology to biophysical distribution modelling


Ms Manqhai Kraai

Manqhai is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: White Rhinoceros as a subsidised invasive species in the Eastern Cape: population establishment and identifying plants at risk


Dr Rainer Krug

Rainer is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Biocontrol Agents and their Target Species on a Landscape Scale and Implications for Alien Invasive species.


Dr Sabrina Kumschick

Sabrina is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Developing objective ways of prioritising risk of impact for non-native organisms


Mr Thomas Lado

Thomas is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Molecular ecology and invasive species in South Africa and on Marion Island


Dr Pete Le Roux

Pete is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Consequences of an ecosystem engineer, the cushion plant Axorella selago, for community structure and dynamics of sub Antarctic Marion Island


Ms Jennifer Lee

Jennifer is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Molecular evidence for glacial refugia in Antarctica


Ms Asiashu Lithole

Asi is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Transmission dynamics and mathematical modeling of Bartonella in invasive Rattus species in South Africa.


Ms Wing Pui Amy Liu

Amy is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Invertebrate radiations in the Cape Floristic Region: springtails as exemplars


Dr Michael Latter Logan

Mike is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Natural selection on physiological performance in Cordylus cordylus after a rapid shift in climate


Dr Steven Lowe

Steven is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Ecology of indigenous aquatic communities


Ms Candice Lyons

Candice is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Using bottom-up modeling to assess changes in distribution patterns of anopheline vector species and an invasive weevil species with changing climate


Ms Joy Mangachena

Joy is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Fynbos bird assemblages as a bio-indicator of passive restoration success in a riparian habitat of the Berg River, Western Cape, South Africa.


Dr Elrike Marais

Elrike is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Physiological responses and thermal tolerance in gall insects.


Ms Monique Maseng

Monique is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: A risk assessment to establish the probable influx of invasive alien monogeneans, predominantly of the genera Dactylogyrus and Gyrodactylus on their most common vectors.


Mr Dickson Mazibuko

Dickson is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Phylogenetic relationships of Prosopis in South Africa; An assessment of the extent of hybridization, and the role of genome size and seed size in the invasion dynamics


Mr Gregory McClelland

Greg is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: The ecology of the black-faced sheathbill (Chionis minor) on Marion Island


Dr Matthew McConnachie

Matthew is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: The cost-effective management of plant invasions in the Fynbos.


Mr Donald Midoko-Iponga

Donald is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Invasive potential of the Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle) in South Africa


Ms Henintsoa Onivola Minoarivelo

Ony is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: The structure & stability of ecological networks under disturbance


Ms Desika Moodley

Desika is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Assessing the invasiveness of alien aroid climbers in South Africa, using modelling techniques and ecological assessments


Ms Elana Mostert

Elana is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Identifying priority areas for active restoration after alien plant clearing in the City of Cape Town.


Ms Elmarie Mostert

Elmarie is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: The invasive Rattus rattus species complex in southern Africa: A molecular and morphological analysis


Dr Natasha Mothapo

Natasha is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Synergistic impacts of interspecific competition and mutualistic associations of Argentine ants with carbohydrate resources in the Fynbos lead to the collapse of an important myrmechorous mutualism


Ms Sarah Muhl

Sarah is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Grass invasion in Renosterveld: Influence of adjacent land use on soil variable gradients


Mr Fulufhelo Licken Mukhadi

Fulu is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Phenology of Marion Island Indigenous and Alien Vascular Plants


Mr Vuledzani Oral Mukwevho

Vuledzani is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Effect of the invasive Harlequin lady beetle Harmonia axyrids(Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) on the Western cape agricultural and Natural ecosystem fauna


Mr Caswell Munyai

Caswell is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Ant diversity and ecosystem processes across an elevational gradient in the Soutpansberg, functional versus taxonomic perspectives in the Soutpansberg mountains, South Africa.


Ms Joice Ndlovu

Joice is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: The molecular basis of plant invasions: Understanding how, why and from where Australian wattles invaded South Africa


Mr Phathutshedzo Israel Netshabumu

Phathutshedzo Israel is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Regime shift of Fynbos from the invasion of Acacias


Ms Ndivhuwo Netshilaphala-Luruli

Ndivhuwo is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Distribution of the Argentine Ant at multiple spatial scales in South Africa


Ms Megan Nowell

Megan is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Determining the net benefits of clearing invasive alien vegetation on the Agulhas Plain


Ms Kanyisa Nyafu

Kanyisa is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Warthogs as an invasive species in the Eastern Cape, South Africa


Ms Alexis Amy Olds

Alexis is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Introduction pathways, distribution and abundance of alien invasive fish species in the Wilderness lakes.


Mr David Phair

David is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Dispersal strategies, rapid geographic range expansion and their effects on the genetic structure in the invasive European starling, Sturnus vulgaris, in South Africa.


Dr Ulli Unjinee Poonan

Ulli is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: The transformation of the South African National Parks with special reference to the role of the Social Ecology Directorate 1994-2004


Dr Şerban Procheş

Şerban is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Insect loads on alien plants in the Cape Floristic Region


Ms Jean Purdon

Jean is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: How does Chromolaena odorata affect habitat complexity and resource competition in ant assemblages in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park?


Dr Sebataolo Rahlao

Sebataolo is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Current and future vulnerability of ecosystems to perennial grass invasion (using Pennisetum setaceum as a model) under global change scenarios: process, pattern and management


Mr Tshililo Ramaswiela

Tshililo is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: The spatial distribution of alien and invasive vascular plant species on sub-Antarctic Marion Island


Dr Marc Rius

Marc is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: A multidisciplinary approach to studying biological marine invasions in South Africa


Mr Andrew Rogers

Andrew is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Impact of invasive Acacia stands on avian diversity in the Western Cape, South Africa


Dr Nuria Roura Pascual

Nuria is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Developing an integrated tool for managing biological invasions across spatial scales


Mr Sheunesu Ruwanza

Sheunesu is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: The effectiveness of active restoration on fynbos riparian zones heavily invaded by invasive alien Eucalyptus species.


Mr Colin Schoeman

Colin is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: The effects of invasive alien plants on functional and taxonomic insect diversity on Vergelen Wine Estate, Western Cape


Ms Elsje Schreuder

Elsje is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Impacts of alien invasive plants on lizard diversity and thermal habitat quality


Dr Gyan Prakash Sharma

Gyan is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Effect of habitat fragmentation and plant invasions on plant functional traits


Dr Justine Shaw

Justine is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Invasion and functional change: the sub Antarctic flora as a model system


Ms Rebecca Julia May Shinner

Becky is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Thermal biology of the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis: physiological plasticity, thermoregulatory behaviour and fitness


Dr Dian Spear

Dian is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Developing lists of introduced species: understanding the sources of error and the costs of compiling comprehensive inventories.


Ms Nolubabalo Tantsi

Nolubabalo is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Response of ant communities and size to an alien invasive species Chromolaena odorata: effect of temporal variation in invasion and clearing


Dr John Terblanche

John is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Climate change impacts on tsetse in southern Africa


Ms Genevieve Thompson

Genevieve is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Molecular ecology of Western Australian Acacia introductions into South Africa


Dr Krystal Tolley

Krystal is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Do genetic patterns show a recent extra-limital range expansion for Hyperolius marmoratus?


Ms Ann Treasure

Ann is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Functional Diversity and food webs in the Antarctic: Impacts of climate change and invasion


Ms Martina Treurnicht

Martina is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Impacts of ploughing and introduction of commercial fynbos species on the biodiversity of sandstone fynbos on the Agulhas Plain, South Africa


Ms Charmaine Uys

Charmaine is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Invasive woody plants: a double edged sword for invertebrate conservation


Ms Julia Francis van der Merwe

Francis is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Species specific hydrocarbon profiles of South African fig wasp communities


Ms Kerry Ann Van der Walt

Kerry-Ann is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Assessing vulnerability of headwater fishes to largemouth bass invasions in the Groot Marico Catchment, North West Province, South Africa


Ms Lize-Marie Van der Watt

Lize-Marie is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: A Socio-Environmental history of South African Involvement in the sub-antarctic and Antacrctic, C. 1872-2009


Dr Mark Van Kleunen

Mark is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Can invasiveness of introduced plants be predicted from their life-history characteristics


Ms Nicola Van Wilgen

Nicola is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Protocol for assessing risks associated with the introduction of alien species to South Africa


Dr Ruan Veldtman

Ruan is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Abundance structure and range limits of the biological control agent Trichilogaster on Acacia longifolia in South Africa


Dr Vernon Visser

Vernon is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Google Earth as a tool for monitoring and forecasting the distributions of invasive alien plants


Ms Carlien Vorster

Carlien is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Argentine ant: Their distribution in South Africa and the public's perception about them as invasive alien species


Ms Shelley Vosse

Shelley is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Natural rehabilitation potential of riparian zones after alien clearing in the fynbos biome: a study of indegenous seed banks


Dr Bruno Walther

Bruno is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: The winter distribution and habitat use of the near threatened Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea


Dr Christopher Weldon

Chris is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Environmental Physiology of insect invasive potential


Dr John Ross Wilson

John is a former C·I·B Post-doc.

Project Title: Using genetic techniques to improve understanding and management of invasive alien plant species in South Africa


Ms René Wolmarans

René is a former C·I·B Masters.

Project Title: Evaluating the effect of Pompom weed and its herbicidal control, on biodiversity


Mr Tsungai Zengeya

Tsungai is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Exotic fish introductions in South Africa: the relationship between exotic Nile Tilapia Oreachromis niloticus and indigenous riverine fishes


Mr Matthew Zylstra

Matthew is a former C·I·B PhD.

Project Title: Towards participatory biodiversity monitoring and invasive species education programmes: A case study in the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve