School of Biological Sciences - Honours - Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Resilience


Research topics in Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Resillience 

  • Studying responses to disturbance and contributions to ecosystem services
  • Provision of science-based knowledge to inform the planning, design and management of these ecosystems


Researchers in Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Resilience

Prof Sarel Cilliers (back to top)

  • Biodiversity studies of the entire urban green infrastructure along urbanization and socio-economic gradients
  • Social-ecological studies of parks and gardens (including ecosystem services)
  • Green infrastructure planning – planning of urban green areas to optimize ecosystem services 
  • Urban forestry studies – diversity, survival and ecosystem services of urban trees


Prof Sarina Claassens (back to top)

  • Microbial ecology
  • Soil microbiology
  • Microbial ecotoxicology


Prof Klaus Kellner (back to top)

  • Sustainable land management
  • Impact of climate, soil and animals on ecosystems
  • Social and economic impacts in rural areas
  • Rangeland degradation models
  • Restoration of degraded lands


Dr Jacques Berner (back to top)

  • Chlorophyll fluorescence as a tool to monitor plant vitality in ecological and agroecological systems
  • Physiological and biochemical responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stress
  • Impact of climate change on plant health and productivity.


Prof Stefan Siebert (back to top)

  • Conservation of rare and endemic species and communities.
  • Biomonitoring of rural and urban agro-ecosystems.
  • Systematics of edaphic specialists.


Dr Frances Siebert (back to top)

  • Community ecology
  • Vegetation dynamics
  • Forb Ecology


Prof Mark Maboeta (back to top)

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Organic waste management
  • Earthworms as bioindicators
  • Soil toxicological benchmarks


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