• Global change

    Drivers of current biodiversity and projected future changes are analysed through zoological and botanical transects along Soutpansberg altitudinal (North-South) and longitudinal gradients (East-West) with a focus on climate change.

  • Invasion biology

    In close collaboration with the C.I.B projects investigate and demonstrate to communities, eco-friendly and sustainable solutions to reduce crop damage due to invasive rodents and investigate both clearance and spread of invasive plants.

  • Ecosystem services & livelihoods

    This focus develops models to determine the economic value of ecosystem services in provincial nature reserves as well as in agricultural landscapes, predicting that complex agro-ecosystems with intact natural ecosystems and predator communities will enhance pest management solutions.

  • Biodiversity conservation

    The Biodiversity focus establishes a data depository including a GIS database, hosts an annual biodiversity academy and coordinates projects on conservation ecology of threatened and iconic target ecosystems.


Meet some of our researchers and find out what they are doing below:

  • Farai Dondofema

    Farai Dondofema

  • Caswell Munyai

    Caswell Munyai

  • Lourens Swanepoel

    Lourens Swanepoel

  • Jabulani Gumbo

    Jabulani Gumbo

  • Paul Fouche

    Paul Fouche

  • Irene Barnhoorn

    Irene Barnhoorn


Based at the University of Venda and co-hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology at the University of Stellenbosch, the Research Chair is funded by the Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation.

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