C·I·B Teams

Post-doctoral associates and Students

Academic level: Post-doc
Name Topic Institution
Invasion-derived phenotypic divergence: What traits promote invasion success in Guttural Toads (Sclerophrys gutturalis)?
SU
Invasion risk assessment of sterile and hybrid cultivars
SU
Assessing the genetic characteristics of commercially distributed seed stocks of the globally important invasive tree Acacia dealbata
SU
Invasive status of Alnus glutinosa in South Africa, and its invasion history in the rest of the world
SU
Aquatic invasions, climate change, community ecology and management
SU
Management of invasive pines on high altitude sites
SU
Predicting impact of invasive species and biotic resistance towards them
SAIAB
Is insect invasiveness promoted by enhanced cellular-stress resistance pathways?
SU

Academic level: Ph.D.
Name Topic Institution
A scientometric and thematic analysis of scientific discourse on the Working for Water research programme, 1997–2015
SU
Ecological restoration after Lantana camara removal: Does soil nutrient manipulation and harvesting facilitate both soil and native vegetation after recovery
RU
Are Tephritidae invasions facilitated by dessication resistance via nutritional physiology?
SU
Parthenium hysterophorus: understanding the invasion and potential controls
Wits
Quantifying the extent of the problem: a case for future biological control of Paterson’s Curse (Echium plantagineum) within South Africa
SU
The importance of life stage (spore, gametophyte, or sporophyte) in the invasive success of alien ferns
NMU
Assessing the impact potential of Florida bass Micropterus floridanus introductions in southern Africa.
RU
Do vulnerable life-history stages of Xenopus laevis reduce its invasion potential?
SU
Impact of Oncorhynchus mykiss, Salmo trutta and Clarias gariepinus on indigenous fish communities and macro-invertebrate diversity in Magoebaskloof area, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
UP
Assessing the risk of alien small mammals in the South African pet trade.
UKZN
Determining the Trajectory of Graminoid Invasions in southern Africa's Mountains-The Case of Nassella
UFS
Ocean warming and acidification: potential implications of changes in the marine environment for alien fouling biota
SU
Fleshy-fruited plant invasions: insights from Myrtaceae
SU
Genomics and defence mechanisms of Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck (Cactaceae: Opuntioideae) lineages in Africa, as the basis for host-selection by potential biocontrol agents.
Wits
Understanding colonization and establishment processes in fish communities using the Sundays River as a model system
RU
Invasion and management of pompom weed, Campuloclinium macrocephalum (Less.) DC (Asteraceae) in South Africa.
Wits
The abundance and extent of water hyacinth in Rwanda and selection of appropriate biological control agents
Wits
Scaling up active restoration by circumventing natural processes: Pragmatic ways and shortcuts
SU
Developing a framework for assessing the sustainability of Expanded Public Works Programmes: A case for Working for Water
RU
Validating the Influence of Chemical Application for Invasive Alien Plant Control on Biodiversity Recruitment and Ecosystem Services
SU
Seasonal endocrine correlates, behaviour, diet and diversity in rodents across transformed and pristine ecosystems in the Magaliesberg
UP
Mechanisms and determinants of invasion success in terrestrial arthropods
SU
Host-parasite associations in the globally invasive Xenopus laevis
UNW
Aspects of the ecology and genetics of various avian invasive species in South Africa including, rose-ringed parakeets Psittacula krameri and house crows Corvus splendens.
UKZN
Detection and mapping of three prevalent invasive alien plants (IAP) using freely available remote sensing imagery
Wits
Implications of changing temperature and ocean chemistry for the predatory whelk Trochia cingulata
SU
A Systems Approach to Understanding the Social-Ecological Dynamics of Wattles in Rangeland Ecosystems
RU

Academic level: M.Sc.
Name Topic Institution
Reproductive and pollination ecology of invasive firethorn species, Pyracantha (Rosaceae)
UFS
Urban plant invasions: How to assess, prioritise and manage emerging species; Cape Town as a case study
SU
Impact of invasive plants on the richness and turnover of South African dragonflies
SU
Population genetics of the invasive weed Arundo donax in South Africa
UKZN
The role of frugivorous birds in the dispersal of alien invasive plants
UKZN
A financial-economic comparison of aerial- and ground-based approaches of herbicide application to alien invasive pines in the Western Cape
SU
Risk analyses of alien freshwater crayfish listed on the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations in South Africa
UP
A global assessment of the population structure of Harmonia axyridis - How did South Africa become invaded?
SU
Effects of invasive alien plants on fynbos pollinator networks: Can we restore native pollinator networks?
CPUT
the implications of climate change for the alien estuarine tube-worm Ficopomatus enigmaticus
SU
Linking alien plant invasions to the deterioration of native pollination networks in the Western Cape.
SU
Community engagement in detection and control of invasive species in Western Cape, South Africa
SU
Effects of elevated temperature, rainfall and soil nutrients on three invasive alien plants.
RU
Exploring the concept of applied nucleation as a restoration tool in previously-invaded Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, South Africa
SU
Impact of a gall-forming fly, Polymorphomyia basilica (Snow) (Diptera: Tephritidae) on growth and reproductive potential and its preference on different genotypes of Chromolaena odorata (Asteraceae)
UKZN
An analysis of the importance of alien fishes in the fisheries in small impoundments in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
RU
Where Are They Now? Developing a Protocol for Declaring Alien Species Absent from South Africa
CPUT
Ant and spider community response to invasive alien plant species (Chromolaena odorata)
UKZN
Efficacy of longlines as a harvesting strategy for African sharptooth catfish
UFH
Title: The impact of land degradation and alien invasive plants on selected ecosystem services and biodiversity: a case study of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, Limpopo Province.
UCT
Effects of indigenous and exotic southern African ungulates on seed dispersal and germination of the alien invasive fruiting plants
UKZN
Investigating the relationship between invasive alien plants occurrence and topography in Heuningnes catchment, Western Cape
UWC
How big is our problem with feral pigs (Sus scrofa) in South Africa?
NMU
Having a side-salad on holiday: Has the Guttural Toad invasion of Mauritius caused a rapid trophic shift towards herbivory?
SU
Effectiveness of regulations in reducing the invasive risk of alien organisms whilst maintaining their benefits
SU
The impact of exotic plants on macadamia crop flower visitors
UniVen
Distribution of woody invasive alien species in small towns in the Eastern Cape
RU
The impact of Parthenium hysterophorus on soil characteristic and soil enzyme activities on the native plants in the Kruger National Park
UniVen
An evaluation of restoration initiatives following alien clearing in the Berg and Breede river catchments
SU
Spill your guts: the invasive amphibian gut microbiome
SU
Testing the context-dependency of impacts by invasive legumes on native legume-rhizobium interactions
SU

Academic level: Hons.
Name Topic Institution
Using isotope sequencing to determine the diet of the invasive House mouse (Mus musculus) on Marion Island
UP
Impact assessment for invasive alien tree species
SU
Ground-foraging ant communities in plantation versus native forests and adjacent grasslands of the midlands, KwaZulu-Natal
UKZN
The consequences of climate induced changes on an alien oyster, Crassostrea gigas, through changes in the ocean temperature and pH
SU
Dominance in ant communities: Implications for range shifting species
UP
Quantifying the competitive interactions of Invasive crayfish on Potamonautid crabs.
SAIAB
The effect of alien fish on frogs in Overstrand
SU

Institution full name
AIMS African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
ARC Agricultural Research Council
CPUT Cape Peninsula University of Technology
CPT Cape Town, City of; Environmental Resource Managem
CapeNat CapeNature/WC Nature Conservation Board
CSIR CSIR
FRC Freshwater Research Centre
Iziko Iziko South African Museum
NZG National Zoological Gardens, South Africa
NMU Nelson Mandela University
QUB Queen's University, Belfast
RU Rhodes University
SAIAB South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
SANBI South African National Biodiversity Institute
SANParks South African National Parks
SU Stellenbosch University
TUT Tshwane University of Technology
UTL Universidade Técnica da Lisboa
UCDavis University of California Davis
UCT University of Cape Town
UFH University of Fort Hare
UKZN University of KwaZulu-Natal
UL University of Limpopo
LIV University of Liverpool
UP University of Pretoria
UQ University of Queensland
UNISA University of South Africa
UFS University of the Free State
UNW University of the North West
UWC University of the Western Cape
UniVen University of Venda
UWO University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Wits University of Witwatersrand
WSU Walter Sisulu University