Do urban areas provide thermal refugia to invasive species?

This project aims to explore potential climatic factors that favour but also confine alien species' distributions into urban areas. It will measure and assess differences in the mosaics of thermal microclimates available to alien species such as H. axyridis and L. capensis in urban and natural areas, and account for the diversity of stage-specific habitats.

Determining the potential of invasive insects to respond to climate change

Invasive insects are an increasing threat to native diversity but the question of how well they will perform in face of climate change remains unexplored. In particular, the knowledge of their adaptive evolutionary trait change in response to climate change is limited. This line of enquiry poses several known challenges...

Assessing the trade of reptile species in the South African pet trade

Many animal species have been freely translocated around the world as part of the exotic pet trade. Globalisation has been one of the main contributing factors leading to human movement and trade of diversified species from continent to continent. To date, more than 1000 reptiles are sold as pets worldwide.

Are peacocks wanted in peri-urban gardens?

This MSc study will involve stakeholder surveys and focus groups to determine public perceptions of the values of alien and native bird species. The student will need to have good people skills, and the desire to publish their work in scientific journals.