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
Identifying global priorities for the prevention of biological invasions.
UP
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
Ecological modelling of freshwater fishes
SAIAB
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
Invasive Indian bullfrogs, Hoplobatrachus tigerinus, on the Andaman Islands: Evaluating drivers of distribution, density, and trophic impact of an early stage invader
SU
Management of invasive pines on high altitude sites
SU
Developing and implementing management tools for marine alien species and undertaking a meta-analysis of alien ascidian species.
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
Thermal physiology, behaviour and fitness in the lizard Agama atra: exploring inter-individual variation in the context of environmental change
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
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
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
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
Understanding colonization and establishment processes in fish communities using the Sundays River as a model system
RU
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
The subtidal invasion of the mussel Semimytilus algosus and its implications for predator-prey interactions along the South African coastline.
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
Evaluating detection efforts and management of alien and invasive species by citizens 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
An analysis of the importance of alien fishes in the fisheries in small impoundments in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
RU
Unlocking and securing Ecological infrastructure investments: A case study of DEA Natural Resources Management programme
SU
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
Impact of Australian acacias and pompom weed on small mammal diversity in grassland corridors.
UP
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
The impact of exotic plants on macadamia crop flower visitors
UniVen
Form infers processes: patterns of alien plant invasions within geomorphic features of the Sabie River, Kruger National Park
SU
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
When biological invasions and climate change intersect: Potential implications for subtidal predatory interactions
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
Ant diversity and distribution in newly proclaimed Nature Reserves in eThekwini municipality, Durban
UKZN
Fastidious frogs: do African clawed frogs avoid ponds that contain fish?
SU
Do African clawed frogs like Led Zepplin?
SU
Native species recovery after clearing invasive Acacia saligna: consequences of vegetation type and stack burning
CPUT

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