Research projects undertaken by SARChI staff and students are grouped around the four themes of the Chair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Baobab Blitz
- Ecosystem services of bats in macadamias.
- Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.
- Combining effective rodenticide application with an understanding of predator prey dynamics: Implications for ecologically based rodent management in summer rainfall maize production areas
- SPACES Limpopo Living Landscapes
- StopRats: Sustainable Technology to Overcome Pest Rodents in Africa Through Science.
- Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve
- Insect diversity and conservation
- Samango monkey conservation
- Rivers and wetlands