C·I·B Teams

Post-doctoral associates and Students

Academic level: Post-doc
Name Topic Institution
Spatial and temporal constraints on biodiversity
UP
Identifying global priorities for the prevention of biological invasions.
UP
A global perspective on the historical drivers of species invasiveness
SU
Exploring the interacting effect of climate change and species' traits on biological invasions
SU
Molecular ecology of invasive acacias / Towards a revision of the invasive status of Eucalyptus species in South Africa
SU
Invasion pathways and the influence of inbreeding on fitness in invertebrate pests
SU
TOWARDS A METACOMMUNITY THEORY OF INVASION ECOLOGY
SU
Towards understanding the consequences of sharptooth catfish invasions in South Africa
SAIAB
Novel associations and eco-evolutionary dynamics in invaded myrmecochore seed-dispersal networks in the fynbos biome
SU
Happily ever after? Examining the temporal dynamics of legacy effects on soil microbial community structure and function following restoration of Acacia invasions
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
Thermal physiology, behaviour and fitness in the lizard Agama atra: exploring inter-individual variation in the context of environmental change
SU
A trans-disciplinary approach in assessing the interaction between history, usage and plant invasions: bamboo as a case study
SU
Disentangling the drivers of invasion of one of the world’s worst alien invasive plant taxa: the case of Prosopis species in East Africa
SU
Alien plant distributions in protected areas and their relationship to clearing history: an evidence base for improving management effectiveness
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
Restoration potential of alien-invaded Cape Flats Sand Fynbos at Blaauwberg Nature Reserve
SU
Helminth deversity and composition of the commensal rodents Rattus rattus species complex, R. norvegicus and Mastomys coucha in urban and peri-urban Gauteng Province, South Africa
UP
Assessing the impact potential of Florida bass Micropterus floridanus introductions in southern Africa.
RU
Are tadpoles limiting the invasion of the African Clawed Frog?
SU
Linking long-term patterns of landscape heterogeneity to changing ecosystem processes in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
SANParks
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
Is insect invasiveness associated with functional traits and their plasticity?
SU
Understanding colonization and establishment processes in fish communities using the Sundays River as a model system
RU
The invasive Indian bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus on the Andaman Islands: Evaluating drivers of distribution, density, and trophicimpact of an early stage invader
SU
Evaluating the effects of changing global climate on amphibian functional groups of southern Africa: a mechanistic modelling approach
SU
The abundance and extent of water hyacinth in Rwanda and selection of appropriate biological control agents
Wits
Barriers to ecosystem restoration after clearing invasive Acacia species in the South African fynbos: soil legacy effects, secondary invaders and weedy native species
SU
Assessing the intra-regional transfer of marine alien species along the South African coast
SU
Assessing Invasive Alien Plant Impacts on Ecosystem Services in Urban Areas
SU
Factors influencing introduction, establishment and invasion success in Acari
SU
The subtidal invasion of the mussel Semimytilus algosus and its implications for predator-prey interactions along the South African coastline.
SU
Towards a Framework for Invasive Alien Plant Management in Biosphere Reserves
UniVen
A Systems Approach to Understanding the Social-Ecological Dynamics of Wattles in Rangeland Ecosystems
RU

Academic level: M.Sc.
Name Topic Institution
Urban plant invasions: How to assess, prioritise and manage emerging species; Cape Town as a case study
SU
The effect of water temperature on the distribution of the Eastern Cape redfin minnow Pseudobarbus afer
RU
Do dispersal reproduction trade-offs give invasive insects the edge?
SU
Migration and isolation of surf-zone diatoms, with a focus on Southern Africa and using these patterns to create a model for the migration of invasive diatoms and dinoflagellates
NMU
Spatial ecology of common mynas in Pietermaritzburg area
UKZN
Encapsulating yachts to manage the transfer of marine alien species
SU
Investigating parasite-host dynamics in a fungal-alien beetle system
SU
Alien plants and calling animals: Using acoustic arrays to examine the effects of invasive flora on local fauna in the fynbos biome
SU
Trade and invasion of Black rat, (Rattus rattus) and Brown rat, (Rattus norvegicus) in the South African Townships, Gauteng Province.
UP
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 Alien Plant Invasions on a Small Endemic Tortoise, Homopus areolatus.
SU
Impact of Australian acacias and pompom weed on small mammal diversity in grassland corridors.
UP
An assessment of alien terrestrial invertebrates in the pet trade in South Africa
UP
Risk assessment of alien grasses in South Africa
SU
An investigation of the value chain for prickly pears in Easter Cape
RU
Using behavioural and endocrinology studies to assess the effects of land utilization on small mammals
UP
Understanding the invader: Exploring geographic variation in the parasites of the African clawed frog (Anura: Pipidae: 'Xenopus leavis')
UNW
Risk assessment of tarantula species in the pet trade in South Africa
UP
Form infers processes: patterns of alien plant invasions within geomorphic features of the Sabie River, Kruger National Park
SU
Impacts of invasive birds: assessing the incidence and extent of hybridization between invasive Mallard Ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) and native Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata) in South Africa
SU
Historical Demographic Expansion of the African Clawed Frog
UCT
Parasite-host adaptations of invasive fish species in non-native regions
UNW
Reaching new heights? Exploring the impacts of exotic flora in a montane ecosystem
SU
When biological invasions and climate change collide: Potential implications for interactions between West Coast Rock Lobster Jasus lalandii and their mussel prey
SU
Testing the context-dependency of impacts by invasive legumes on native legume-rhizobium interactions
SU
Identifying priorities in the landscape for invasive species management and clearing
UP

Academic level: Hons.
Name Topic Institution
Hydrophobicity in the fynbos
SU
The role of frugivous birds in the dispersal of Lantana camara and their dispersal distance
UKZN
Invasion genetics of the Harlequin ladybird
SU
Comparing key functional traits in two balloon vine species between their native and invasive ranges
SU
Diversity and distribution of ground-dwelling arthropods in reforested landscape, Buffelsdraai in KwaZulu-Natal
UKZN
Persistence of the flowerbud weevil Anthonomus santacruzi in suitable versus marginal areas in KwaZulu-Natal: implications for the biological control of Solanum mauritianum.
UKZN
The role of four to five native bird species and one native mammal species the Cape Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis on the seed germination and dispersal of syringa Melia azedarach.
UKZN
Investigating aspects of the ecology of bugweed (Solanum mauritianum) in an indigenous forest in Ferncliff, Pietermaritzburg.
UKZN
The effect of alien invasive plant species on reptile diversity in the Wolkberg Wilderness Area, Limpopo Province
UL
Impacts of invasive snakes
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
Instituto Superior de Agronomia da Universidade Té
Iziko Iziko South African Museum
Monash University
NZG National Zoological Gardens, South Africa
Natural History Museum London
NMU Nelson Mandela University
QUB Queen's University, Belfast
RU Rhodes University
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Gamboa, Pa
SAIAB South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
SANBI South African National Biodiversity Institute
SANParks South African National Parks
SU Stellenbosch University
UTL Universidade Técnica da Lisboa
UCDavis University of California Davis
UCT University of Cape Town
UFH University of Fort Hare
University of Johannesburg
UKZN University of KwaZulu-Natal
UL University of Limpopo
University of Liverpool
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