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.
There is a need to develop a plan to monitor the recovery of native vegetation following clearing operations. Such a plan should take account of realistic end-points of recovery, aspects of the ecology of native species in the areas.
This proposed study will focus on changes in soil physico-chemical and bacterial properties ten years after Eucalyptus camaldulensis removal along the Berg River in the Western Cape, South Africa. The aim will be to quantify the long‐term consequences of E. camaldulensis clearing on soil physico-chemical and bacterial properties.