This project will develop and apply a trait-based approach to assessing the potential responses of alien species to climate change.
As hubs of human activity, urban areas experience a greater influx of non-native species introductions (accidental and ntentional) than rural or natural areas (Rebele 1994).
This research aims to compare the social behaviour, and associated the biological implications, between native and invasive populations of the guttural toad, Sclerophrys gutturalis. Our goal is to gain a deeper understand of how sociality may have promoted their invasive success.
This MSc will aim to determine how best to integrate diverse (and often opposing) ecological and social goals in developing a rigorous landscape/catchment scale restoration plan. The context is the Dwars River, Western Cape, within a significantly altered and human-occupied catchment.
There have been major developments recently towards an international standard system for reporting the impacts of biological invasions, but these are yet to be implemented or integrated with risk analyses. In particular, a framework for the listing of alien taxa under regulations has recently been developed for South Africa.