C·I·B Teams
 

C·I·B Core Management

 

David Richardson

Prof David Richardson is the Director of the C·I·B. Dave’s specific expertise are in invasion ecology and particularly alien tree invasions. He is Editor-in-Chief of Diversity and Distributions. He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Specialist Group on Invasive Organisms and the Working for Water Programme’s Ecology Review Panel.

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Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies is the Deputy Director: Operations for the C·I·B. Sarah is a conservation biologist interested in systems ecology and conservation science.

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Susana Clusella-Trullas

Dr Susana Clusella-Trullas is a physiological ecologist at the C·I·B. Her research combines theory, laboratory and field work to examine physiological responses of organisms to changing environmental conditions, with a strong focus on thermal biology. Her interests include climate change impacts on indigenous and invasive species and the interactive effects of climate and invasion. Additional research addresses patterns of physiological traits at large spatial scales and bottom-up modeling approaches.

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Karla Coombe-Davis

Karla Coombe-Davis is our Principal Technical Officer (Database Management) and is involved in the maintenance of a web-based data retrieval and submission system; data collection, verification and storage and development and maintenance of the C·I·B website.

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Melanie de Morney

Melanie de Morney is an Assistant Technical Officer of the Iimbovane Outreach Project involved in field sampling and processing, as well as ant curation.

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Dorette du Plessis

Dorette du Plessis is the Outreach Manager of the C·I·B. Her duties include the management of the Iimbovane Outreach Programme, and the reporting and liaison with funders and higher education institutions.

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Mirijam Gaertner

Mirijam Gaertner is a Restoration Ecologist. Her research focuses on impacts of alien plant invasions on the native ecosystem specifically on legacies of alien plant invasions and resilience of native ecosystems. Additionally, she has a strong interest in nature conservation focusing on sustainable use of natural resources and the processes of land degradation.

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Anél Garthwaite

Anél is Personal Assistant to the Director. Her duties include the management of grant funds, student administration, purchasing of equipment and consumables, travel arrangements, liaison and event management.

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Megan Koordom

Megan Koordom is a Technical Officer in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory. She oversees the general management of the lab ensuring that everything runs smoothly while also assisting with the lab work of numerous molecular projects undertaken by the C·I·B.

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Suzaan Kritzinger-Klopper

Suzaan Kritzinger-Klopper is the Senior Technical Officer of the C·I·B. In assisting the core team members and their students, Suzaan is the overall responsible person for field work. She is also the liaison for permits, landowners and all other parties. Her main area of interest is in fynbos botanical diversity, and she helps with basic plant identification.

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Siviwe Lamani

Siviwe Lamani is doing a SANBI internship as part of a project entitled ‘Earthworms as threats and opportunities in South Africa: building capacity to understand the costs and benefits’.

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Jaco le Roux

Dr Jaco le Roux is the molecular ecology lab manager and does research related to phylogeography and population genetics of invasive plants. His research interests are broad but mainly revolve around evolutionary dynamics of small populations, evolutionary biology and ecology of plant invaders in general.

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Elrike Marais

Dr Elrike Marais is a Project and Research Manager at the C·I·B. Elrike manages the Stellenbosch University HOPE/C·I·B projects and the Working for Water Programme funded research projects. In addition, she assists the Director in data collection and analyses, and physiology students in the laboratory.

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John Measey

Dr John Measey is a Senior Researcher at the C·I·B. His research includes studies into the invasive African amphibian Xenopus laevis and its impact on local biota as a domestic exotic in South Africa as well as in Europe (INVAXEN).

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Christy Momberg

Christy Momberg is a Management Assistant and is reponsible for providing administrative support for the C·I·B senior management team.

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Rhoda Moses

Rhoda assists the administrative staff with various tasks including photo-copying, printing, collection and delivery of mail, documents and office provisions. She is also responsible for the preparation and clean-up of C·I·B meetings, workshops and functions.

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Erika Nortje

Erika Nortje is our First Technical Officer responsible for managing the C·I·B Physiology and Ecology laboratory. Erika assists with the organization, field work and curation of samples for the Cederberg long-term project. She is responsible for curating microclimate data from various sites in South Africa and from Marion Island. Erika is involved with the logistic arrangements for travels to Marion Island.

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Sophia Turner

Sophia Turner is doing an internship with the Iimbovane Outreach Project. She assists with schools outreach visits, field sampling and the processing of ant samples for the project.

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Mathilda van der Vyver

Our Administrative Officer, Mathilda van der Vyver, is responsible for the day to day administration tasks of the C·I·B hub.

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Brian van Wilgen

Prof. Brian van Wilgen is an applied ecologist based at the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University. He has broad interests in conservation and ecosystem management, with a focus on fire ecology, and the ecology of invasive alien plants. He is an Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Science, and Regional Editor (for Africa) on the journal Conservation Biology

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John Wilson

Dr John Wilson is a researcher with the South African National Biodiversity Institute based at the Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University. He is interested in the ecology and evolution of biological invasions, and how humans have influenced these processes. He is also working on why certain introduced populations are small, how these populations can best be managed, and which species to prioritise.

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C·I·B UP Hub Staff


Chantal Ferreira née Strumpher

Chantal is the part time administrative / field technician based at the University of Pretoria to contribute towards the establishment of a northern node of the CIB at UP. She assists CIB members of the northern node with relevant administrative duties and coordinates research activities that form part of the existing long-term Sani Pass (Drakensberg) project conducted by Dr. Berndt van Rensburg and Dr. Mark Robertson at UP.

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