About

The Chair, co-hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology at the University of Stellenbosch, funded by the Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation, is working closely with UNESCO’s Vhembe Biosphere Reserve and the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism.

Activities are organised across four major themes –
• Biodiversity conservation
• Ecosystem services and livelihoods
• Invasion biology
• Global change
Successful candidates can join an active research team and complement a growing body of exciting ecological
research, centred in the Soutpansberg Mountains, a recognised Centre of Endemism and a hotspot of plant
and animal diversity. Activities of the chair are divided between research and community engagement, conservation action and capacity building. All of this is happening in the newly proclaimed UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve in the north of South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

The result? Ensuring that biodiversity and its ecosystem services are adequately mapped and integrated into conservation planning at local and provincial levels.

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