Lab hosts Prof Ben Evans

03 June 2015

The lab welcomes Prof Ben Evans (McMaster University)

Ben meets fellow Xenopus ethusiasts (from left): Likho Sikutshwa, Ben Evans, Andrew Turner & Atherton de Villiers (CapeNature)

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And a river runs through it

15 May 2015

And a river runs through it: a day of interactions between researchers of the Centre for Invasion Biology and students of UCT Environmental Humanities

Morning session: From fynbos to fields

We start the walk inside the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve (CapeNature) among fynbos vegetation with Brian, John, Karen & Mirijam available to interpret our view of the natural end of the system. The view up the valley contrasts dramatically with the transformed and invaded lower end, where Brian will introduce a classic conflict species in invasion biology: the pine tree. From there, we’ll walk along the river where Karen & Dave have studied the role of riverside vegetation in the invasion process. Next up, the trout hatchery where John & Brian will tell you tales of trout and platannas. The walk then loops around the river and road with plenty of examples of invasive species to provide inspiration and conversation.

Afternoon session: From vines to vagrants

After lunch we’ll start the walk again outside Lanzerac Estate next to vineyards which are watered by the Eerste. Sarah paints the picture of a dam invader which has hopped from far and near. Very quickly the river enters into a peri-urban area where Dave and Vernon will give you insights into the invasive processes that are linked to urban areas. As the walk progresses fields give way to gardens and the noise from the traffic grows.

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Sundays River Valley Retreat

26 April 2015

Sundays River Valley Retreat

It's great to get a bunch of people together to discuss what could be done. It brings perspective, familiarity and unity to research ideas. Thrashing it out together is also a lot of fun.

Pictured above are: James Vonesh, Mhairi Alexander, Darragh Woodford, Ryan Wasserman, Olaf Weyl & Cang Hui.

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Silvermine burns

02 March 2015

Fires engulf the Cape peninsula

Fynbos burns in regular cycles, but when that happens behind your house it can be both spectacular and worrying. Fires started on the night of 28 February somewhere up Muizenberg valley. They spread rapidly over the mountain and eventually spread all the way to Constantia. 

Seen above are views from Lakeside as fires spread all the way over Constantiaberg

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