Effects of invasive alien pine trees on lizard communities in fynbos
Elsje Schreuder in mountain fynbos with a Cape skink (Trachylepis capensis) (Photo credit: Sonja Schreuder)

Effects of invasive alien pine trees on lizard communities in fynbos

Invasions by alien pine trees (Pinus spp.) can have a negative impact on native lizard species by changing their native habitat, according to a recent C·I·B study published in Oecologia.

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Ant colour and body size respond strongly to the environment
Tom Bishop and senior author Catherine Parr looking for ants in the Maloti-Drakensberg (Photo credit: Catherine Parr)

Ant colour and body size respond strongly to the environment

A recent study by C·I·B post-doctoral fellow, Tom Bishop and colleagues has shown that the relative abundances of ants is strongly related to their thermoregulatory traits.

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Novel climate predictors of reptile performance at global scales
Cape dwarf chameleon Bradypodion pumilum

Novel climate predictors of reptile performance at global scales

The determination of best climatic predictors of whole-organismal performance is essential to improve current and forecast impacts of climate change on organisms. Most of the emphasis on global climate change and its effects on organismal performance concerns mean temperature conditions despite known changes in other climatic variables such as precipitation, cloud cover and temperature variability.

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