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Centre for Invasion Biology

Reducing the rate and impacts of biological invasions

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Promoted book
Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions
Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions

The CABI-published book is the first to focus on the key role of species interactions in mediating invasions.

Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions

We are the Centre for Invasion Biology

The C·I·B is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established in 2004 within the DSI-NRF Centres of Excellence Programme. Its members undertake research on the biodiversity consequences of biological invasions, largely through post-graduate student training. The principal aims of the Centre’s work are to reduce the rates and impacts of biological invasions by furthering scientific understanding and predictive capability, and by developing research capacity. Find out more about us.

Our Research

We investigate how biological diversity is altered by invasive plants and animals, and the effects these have on the functioning of ecosystems and the services they deliver.

For Students

In support of our vision, we train and guide students who are studying towards an Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree in biodiversity, environmental sociology or invasion biology.

Latest News

Does “not in my backyard” hinder invasive species management?

A new study, co-authored by C∙I∙B former PhD student Giovanni Vimercati and C∙I∙B Steering Committee member Dr Piero Genovesi, investigated how and under which circumstances restricted access to private areas limits invasive species management.

Understanding Parthenium invasions: the role of stocking rates in savannas

A recent study by former C·I·B PhD student Dr Blair Cowie and C·I·B Core Team member Prof Marcus Byrne investigated the invasion dynamics of Parthenium hysterophorus in Lowveld savanna reserves with differing stocking rates.

Impacts of alien acacias assessed in a standardised framework

A study by former C·I·B Hons student, Cally Jansen and C·I·B Core Team Member, Dr Sabrina Kumschick used acacias introduced to South Africa as a case study to compare expert assessments with evidence-based impact assessments.

Get out of my swamp – chasing crayfish in the Zambezi Basin

A study by C∙I∙B Associate Josie South and the late C∙I∙B Core Team member Olaf Weyl assessed the Australian redclaw crayfish invasion throughout the Upper and Middle Zambezi.

Modeling the movements of an invasive tree

A study by Dr Jorge Ramírez-Albores, C·I·B Director Dave Richardson, and a team of researchers sheds light on the invasion dynamics of the Peruvian peppertree.

Invasion biology is the study of both the species that become invasive in a system and their impacts on the system they have invaded, as well as the remediation of such invasions.

Latest Highlighted Paper

Context matters in biological invasions — a new synthesis paper shows how to deal with it

Context matters in biological invasions — a new synthesis paper shows how to deal with it

A new synthesis paper by C∙I∙B Core Team member John Wilson and C∙I∙B Associate Petr Pyšek, provides advice on how to address context dependency in invasion science.