Ecological Interactions and Ecosystem Resilience

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Sub-programme leader 2022: Prof Frances Siebert (Frances.Siebert@nwu.ac.za)

 

Strategic Aim & Mission

Ecological Interaction and Ecosystem Resilience (EIER) hosts 21 researchers with a diversity of expertise, including Agricultural Sciences, Ecotoxicology, Geo- and Soil Sciences, Microbial Ecology, Paleoecology and Plant Ecology. Research in EIER is interdisciplinary and comprises both fundamental and applied research projects, which are determined by the needs of the industry, agricultural, rural- and urban communities.

Specific Focus

Research in EIER is centred around the future of terrestrial ecosystems in the context of anthropogenic impacts, including climate change.

Research Objectives

Research projects are aimed at an improved understanding of the complexity of African terrestrial ecosystems, and to identify the risks to the ecosystem services they offer, particularly food security, carbon sequestration and biodiversity. Inter- and transdisciplinary research projects address these risks through critical assessments and evaluation of proposed management interventions and/or prevention measures in the light of global environmental change.

This subprogram hosts several research groups, each with a specific research focus.

Research Groups

Agricultural Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology

Led by Prof Rasheed Adeleke

 

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Forb Ecology Research Group (FERG)

Led by Prof Frances Siebert

 

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GeoEco Lab

Led by Prof Nishanta Rajakaruna and Prof Stefan Siebert

 

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Pedometrics

Led by George van Zijl

 

Soil Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Microbiology (SEEM)

Led by Prof Mark Maboeta

 

Terrestrial Ecology (EcoRestore)

Led by Prof Klaus Kellner

 

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Urban Ecology

Led by Prof Sarel Cilliers

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Last updated: 31 August 2022