SARChI Chair University of Venda

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.

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.


  1. StopRats: Sustainable Technology to Overcome Pest Rodents in Africa Through Science.

    The Chair is one of the Southern African partners in this project initiated and led by Dr Steven Belmain from the University of Greenwich Natural Resources Institute and working in Namibia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.  The overall objectives of the project are to strengthen science, technology and innovation about rodent biology […]