Masters Students


Nolwethu Jubase

Nolwethu Jubase

Evaluating the effectiveness of citizen science to detect and report invasive species in Western Cape, South Africa

Observations by citizen scientists are important and have helped to build some valuable data collections and have contributed to several data management systems worldwide. Although citizen science programmes are commonly used to survey and monitor native species, more programmes are now targeting invasive species. However, very little research on the assessment of the effectiveness of citizen science to detect and report invasive species in South Africa has been carried out. Several data management systems exist to share information and data on invasive species (e.g. the South African Plant Invaders Atlas (SAPIA), data from municipal agents such as City of Cape Town (CoCT) face book page, Bodatsa, iNaturalist but these databases operate independently and are sometimes oriented toward particular taxonomic groups or regions. With this MSc project I aim to evaluate the effectiveness of citizen science to detect and report invasive species in the Western Cape, South Africa where I will (1) review invasive species reporting using different platforms and (2) assess the potential of different public awareness programs to increase citizen support to detect and report invasive species.

From August 2018

Stellenbosch University

with Ross Shackleton (U. Lausanne)