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: Implications for effective management
SU
Invasion pathways and the influence of inbreeding on fitness in invertebrate pests
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
Darwin's naturalization hypothesis revisited
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
Carcinus maenas in South Africa: Status, impacts and management
SU
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
Co-evolutionary dynamics of complex adaptive networks
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
Invasions on rocky shores: Implications for community structure and ecosystem functioning
UCT
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
Monitoring of bush encroachment along selected sites of Disaneng, North west province, Mafikeng
UNW
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
NMMU
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
Assessing the invasiveness and potential for eradication for Australian acacias with very limited distributions in South Africa
SU
Trade and invasion of Black rat, (Rattus rattus) and Brown rat, (Rattus norvegicus) in the South African Townships, Gauteng Province.
UP
Patterns and processes of alien plant invasions in small urban areas in South Africa: The Berg River Catchment as a case study
SU
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
Temporal and spatial movement patterns of the invasive redclaw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus and native decapod species (Potamonautes spp.) in the subtropical Inkomati River system, 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
Understanding traits and mechanisms for population establishment in novel environments of insect invasions
SU
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
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
Cascading effects of alien fish removal on spider assemblage, in the Krom and Rondegat Rivers in the Cedarberg Mountains in the Western Cape
UniVen
Impact assessment of alien mammals in South Africa using three scoring systems
SU
Quantifying Impacts of Alien Fauna of South Africa: An Assessment of the Mollusca using Impact Scoring Systems
SU
Determining the distribution of Rattus species and indigenous rodents in southern Africa using ecological niche modelling.
UP
Response of adult odonate diversity to alien invasive fish abundance
UniVen
Effect of Stenopelmus rufinasus on Azolla filiculoides and A. cristata. (Current third year project).
RU
Trade-off between thermal tolerance and behavioural dominance of an ant community in a grassland ecosystem of KwaZulu-Natal
UKZN
Winner takes all? Competition between alien and native colonial ascidians
SU
Testing major plant-microbial mutualism hypotheses in invasion ecology: a case study using legumes and rhizobia
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
NMMU Nelson Mandela Metropolitan 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
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