SARChI Chair in Biodiversity and Change

The University of Venda based South African Research Chair in Biodiversity and Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve is a vibrant hub for biodiversity science, training and conservation application in the Southern African Development Community – a body of established and emerging researchers, postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates. The Research Chair, co-hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology at the University of Stellenbosch, is funded by the Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation.

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.

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.

Studies

  1. Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]
  2. SPACES Limpopo Living Landscapes

    SPACES North Limpopo Living Landscapes – Understanding the dynamics of ecological and cultural landscapes, in the face of global change, in the northern Limpopo region of South Africa. Within the agricultural landscapes of Limpopo Province, the Limpopo Living Landscapes project aims to understand and predict the combined effects of land use and climate change processes […]