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Popovic, G., Mason, T.J., Marques, T.A., Potts, J., Drobniak, S.M., Joo, R., Altwegg, R., Burns, C.C., McCarthy, M.A., Johnston, A. and Nakagawa, S., 2023. Four principles for improved statistical ecologyarXiv preprint arXiv:2302.01528.

Christian, M., Oosthuizen, W.C., Bester, M.N. and de Bruyn, P.N., 2024. Robustly estimating the demographic contribution of immigration: Simulation, sensitivity analysis and seals. Journal of Animal Ecology.


Higgins, Steven I., Timo Conradi, Laurence M. Kruger, Robert B. O’Hara, and Jasper A. Slingsby. 2023. Limited Climatic Space for Alternative Ecosystem States in Africa. Science 380 (6649): 1038–42.

Frainer, G., Dufourq, E., Fearey, J., Dines, S., Probert, R., Elwen, S. and Gridley, T., 2023. Automatic detection and taxonomic identification of dolphin vocalisations using convolutional neural networks for passive acoustic monitoring. Ecological Informatics, 78, p.102291.


Allen-Perkins, Alfonso, Ainhoa Magrach, Matteo Dainese, Lucas A. Garibaldi, David Kleijn, Romina Rader, James R. Reilly, et al. 2022. “CropPol: A Dynamic, Open and Global Database on Crop Pollination.” Ecology 103 (3): e3614.

Didarali, Z., T. Kuiper, C. W. Brink, R. Buij, M. Z. Virani, E. O. Reson, and A. Santangeli. 2022. “Awareness of Environmental Legislation as a Deterrent for Wildlife Crime: A Case with Masaai Pastoralists, Poison Use and the Kenya Wildlife Act.” Ambio.

Dorchin, N., S. van Munster, C. Klak, R. C. K. Bowie, and J. F. Colville. 2022. “Hidden Diversity—a New Speciose Gall Midge Genus (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Associated with Succulent Aizoaceae in South Africa.” Insects 13 (1).

Lamont, T. A. C., L. Chapuis, B. Williams, S. Dines, T. Gridley, G. Frainer, J. Fearey, et al. 2022. “HydroMoth: Testing a Prototype Low-Cost Acoustic Recorder for Aquatic Environments.” Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.

Rebelo, A. D., R. Altwegg, E. M. Katz, and K. A. Tolley. 2022. “Out on a Limb: Female Chameleons (Bradypodion Pumilum) Position Themselves to Minimise Detection, Whereas Males Maximise Mating Opportunity.” African Journal of Herpetology.

Sol, Daniel, Joan Garcia-Porta, Cesar González-Lagos, Alex L. Pigot, Christopher Trisos, and Joseph A. Tobias. 2022. “A Test of Darwin’s Naturalization Conundrum in Birds Reveals Enhanced Invasion Success in the Presence of Close Relatives.” Ecology Letters 25 (3): 661–72.

Vousdoukas, Michalis I, Joanne Clarke, Roshanka Ranasinghe, Lena Reimann, Nadia Khalaf, Trang Minh Duong, Birgitt Ouweneel, et al. 2022. “African Heritage Sites Threatened as Sea-Level Rise Accelerates.” Nature Climate Change, 1–7.


Alexander, G. J., K. A. Tolley, B. Maritz, A. McKechnie, P. Manger, R. L. Thomson, C. Schradin, et al. 2021.  Excessive Red Tape Is Strangling Biodiversity Research in South Africa.  South African Journal of Science 117 (9-10).

Barichievy, C., R. Altwegg, D. Balfour, R. Brett, C. Gordon, D. Henry, G. Jeffries, C. Khayale, H. Wanyama, and O. Withers. 2021.  A Demographic Model to Support an Impact Financing Mechanism for Black Rhino Metapopulations. Biological Conservation 257.

Barratclough, Ashley, Cynthia R Smith, Forrest M Gomez, Theoni Photopoulou, Ryan Takeshita, Enrico Pirotta, Len Thomas, et al. 2021.  Accurate Epigenetic Aging in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus), an Essential Step in the Conservation of at-Risk Dolphins.  Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens 2 (3): 416 20.

Bayandonoi, G., K. Sharma, J. Shanti Alexander, P. Lkhagvajav, I. Durbach, C. Buyanaa, B. Munkhtsog, et al. 2021.  Mapping the Ghost: Estimating Probabilistic Snow Leopard Distribution Across Mongolia.  Diversity and Distributions 27 (12): 2441 53.

Becker, F. S., J. A. Slingsby, J. Measey, K. A. Tolley, and R. Altwegg. 2021.  Finding Rare Species and Estimating the Probability That All Occupied Sites Have Been Found.  Ecological Applications.

Bell, W. D., M. T. Hoffman, and V. Visser. 2021.  Regional Land Degradation Assessment for Dryland Environments: The Namaqualand Hardeveld Bioregion of the Succulent Karoo Biome as a Case-Study.  Land Degradation and Development 32 (7): 2287 2302.

Birkmann, J., D. Feldmeyer, J. M. McMillan, W. Solecki, E. Totin, D. Roberts, C. Trisos, A. Jamshed, E. Boyd, and D. Wrathall. 2021.  Regional Clusters of Vulnerability Show the Need for Transboundary Cooperation.  Environmental Research Letters 16 (9).

Blerk, J. J. van, A. G. West, R. Altwegg, and M. T. Hoffman. 2021a.  Does a Trade-Off Between Growth Plasticity and Resource Conservatism Mediate Post-Fire Shrubland Responses to Rainfall Seasonality?  New Phytologist 230 (4): 1407 20.

. 2021b.  Post-Fire Summer Rainfall Differentially Affects Reseeder and Resprouter Population Recovery in Fire-Prone Shrublands of South Africa.  Science of the Total Environment 788.

Clements, H., K. Esler, D. A. W. Henry, P. Mograbi, A. Norstr m, and C. Reynolds. 2021. Ecological Field Data Collection. The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems. Taylor; Francis.

Cohen, C., W. R. Liltved, J. F. Colville, A. Shuttleworth, J. Weissflog, A. Svato , B. Bytebier, and S. D. Johnson. 2021.  Sexual Deception of a Beetle Pollinator Through Floral Mimicry.  Current Biology 31 (9): 1962 1969.e6.

Conway, A. M., I. N. Durbach, A. McInnes, and R. N. Harris. 2021.  Frame-by-Frame Annotation of Video Recordings Using Deep Neural Networks.  Ecosphere 12 (3).

Cowan, O. S., D. A. W. Henry, and I. T. Little. 2021.  A Big Leap Forward for Afrotheria Conservation in South Africa: A New Environmental Screening Tool Ensures Cryptic Species of Conservation Concern Are Not Overlooked During the Environmental Impact Assessment Process.  Journal for Nature Conservation 63.

Cumming, G. S., D. A. W. Henry, G. L. Mutumi, and M. Ndlovu. 2021.  Understanding Arid-Region Waterbird Community Dynamics During Lake Dry-Downs.  Ecosphere 12 (8).

Duckworth, G. D., and R. Altwegg. 2021.  Why a Landscape View Is Important: Nearby Urban and Agricultural Land Affects Bird Abundances in Protected Areas.  PeerJ 9.

Dufourq, E., I. Durbach, J. P. Hansford, A. Hoepfner, H. Ma, J. V. Bryant, C. S. Stender, et al. 2021.  Automated Detection of Hainan Gibbon Calls for Passive Acoustic Monitoring.  Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 7 (3): 475 87.

Durbach, I., D. Borchers, C. Sutherland, and K. Sharma. 2021.  Fast, Flexible Alternatives to Regular Grid Designs for Spatial Capture Recapture.  Methods in Ecology and Evolution 12 (2): 298 310.

Durbach, I. N., C. M. Harris, C. Martin, T. A. Helble, E. E. Henderson, G. Ierley, L. Thomas, and S. W. Martin. 2021.  Changes in the Movement and Calling Behavior of Minke Whales (Balaenoptera Acutorostrata) in Response to Navy Training.  Frontiers in Marine Science 8.

Frainer, G., F. R. Carvalho, V. A. Bertaco, and L. R. Malabarba. 2021.  Museum Specimens Reveal a Rare New Characid Fish Genus, Helping to Refine the Interrelationships of the Probolodini (Characidae: Stethaprioninae).  Systematics and Biodiversity 19 (8): 1135 48.

Frye, H. A., M. E. Aiello-Lammens, D. Euston-Brown, C. S. Jones, H. Kilroy Mollmann, C. Merow, J. A. Slingsby, H. van der Merwe, A. M. Wilson, and Jr. Silander J. A. 2021.  Plant Spectral Diversity as a Surrogate for Species, Functional and Phylogenetic Diversity Across a Hyper-Diverse Biogeographic Region.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 30 (7): 1403 17.

Henry, D. A. W., W. J. Collinson-Jonker, H. T. Davies-Mostert, S. K. Nicholson, L. Roxburgh, and D. M. Parker. 2021.  Optimising the Cost of Roadkill Surveys Based on an Analysis of Carcass Persistence.  Journal of Environmental Management 291.

Jebari, J., O. O. T w , T. M. Andrews, V. Aquila, B. Beckage, M. Belaia, M. Clifford, et al. 2021.  From Moral Hazard to Risk-Response Feedback.  Climate Risk Management 33.

Krenn, H. W., F. Karolyi, P. Lampert, A. Melin, and J. F. Colville. 2021.  Nectar Uptake of a Long?proboscid Prosoeca Fly (Nemestrinidae) Proboscis Morphology and Flower Shape.  Insects 12 (4).

Latombe, G., D. M. Richardson, M. A. McGeoch, R. Altwegg, J. A. Catford, J. M. Chase, F. Courchamp, et al. 2021.  Mechanistic Reconciliation of Community and Invasion Ecology.  Ecosphere 12 (2).

Loubota Panzou, G. J., A. Fayolle, T. Jucker, O. L. Phillips, S. Bohlman, L. F. Banin, S. L. Lewis, et al. 2021.  Pantropical Variability in Tree Crown Allometry.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 30 (2): 459 75.

Louw, M. A., N. S. Haussmann, and P. C. le Roux. 2021.  Disentangling the Effects of Two Co-Occurring Biotic Modifiers on Vegetation Properties in a Semi-Arid Savannah Ecosystem.  Journal of Arid Environments 189: 104504.

Lu s, A. R., L. J. May-Collado, N. Rako-Gospi?, T. Gridley, E. Papale, A. Azevedo, M. A. Silva, G. Buscaino, D. Herzing, and M. E. dos Santos. 2021.  Vocal Universals and Geographic Variations in the Acoustic Repertoire of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin.  Scientific Reports 11 (1).

Marais, AJ, K Lloyd, HA Smit-Robinson, and LR Brown. 2021.  A Vegetation Classification and Description of White-Winged Flufftail (Sarothrura Ayresi) Habitat at Selected High-Altitude Peatlands in South Africa.  Royal Society Open Science 8 (11): 211482.

Mashau, A. C., G. P. Hempson, C. E. R. Lehmann, M. S. Vorontsova, V. Visser, and S. Archibald. 2021.  Plant Height and Lifespan Predict Range Size in Southern African Grasses.  Journal of Biogeography 48 (12): 3047 59.

McLeod, L., and J. F. Colville. 2021.  Observations on Unusual Feeding and Mating Behaviour of a Monkey Beetle Genus Amblymelanoplia Dombrow (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Hopliini).  African Entomology 29 (1): 301 6.

Melin, A., R. Altwegg, J. C. Manning, and J. F. Colville. 2021.  Allometric Relationships Shape Foreleg Evolution of Long-Legged Oil Bees (Melittidae: Rediviva).  Evolution 75 (2): 437 49.

Moncrieff, G. R. 2021.  Locating and Dating Land Cover Change Events in the Renosterveld, a Critically Endangered Shrubland Ecosystem.  Remote Sensing 13 (5): 1 13.

Moncrieff, G. R., J. A. Slingsby, and D. C. Le Maitre. 2021.  Propagating Uncertainty from Catchment Experiments to Estimates of Streamflow Reduction by Invasive Alien Plants in Southwestern South Africa.  Hydrological Processes 35 (4).

Ntshanga, N. K., S. Proche?, and J. A. Slingsby. 2021.  Assessing the Threat of Landscape Transformation and Habitat Fragmentation in a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.  Austral Ecology 46 (7): 1052 69.

Overland, I., H. Fossum Sagbakken, A. Isataeva, G. Kolodzinskaia, N. P. Simpson, C. Trisos, and R. Vakulchuk. 2021.  Funding Flows for Climate Change Research on Africa: Where Do They Come from and Where Do They Go?  Climate and Development.

Pereira, L. M., D. R. Morrow, V. Aquila, B. Beckage, S. Beckbesinger, L. Beukes, H. J. Buck, et al. 2021.  From fAIrplay to Climate Wars: Making Climate Change Scenarios More Dynamic, Creative, and Integrative.  Ecology and Society 26 (4).

Pl n, S., S. Atkins, V. Cockcroft, D. Conry, S. Dines, S. Elwen, E. Gennari, et al. 2021.  Science Alone Won t Do It! South Africa s Endangered Humpback Dolphins Sousa Plumbea Face Complex Conservation Challenges.  Frontiers in Marine Science 8.

Pretorius, M., G. B. Distiller, T. Photopoulou, C. P. Kelly, and M. J. O Riain. 2021.  African Wild Dog Movement Ecology in a Small Protected Area in South Africa.  African Journal of Wildlife Research 51 (1): 54 67.

Probert, R., A. Bastian, S. H. Elwen, B. S. James, and T. Gridley. 2021.  Vocal Correlates of Arousal in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Spp.) In Human Care.  PLoS ONE 16 (9 September).

Reynolds, C., D. A. W. Henry, D. R. C. Tye, and N. D. Tye. 2021.  Defining Separation Zones for Coastal Birds at a Wetland of Global Importance.  Wildlife Research 48 (2): 134 41.

Ross-Marsh, E. C., S. H. Elwen, A. S. Prinsloo, B. S. James, and T. Gridley. 2021.  Singing in South Africa: Monitoring the Occurrence of Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) Song Near the Western Cape.  Bioacoustics 30 (2): 163 79.

Simpson, N. P., T. M. Andrews, M. Kr nke, C. Lennard, R. C. Odoulami, B. Ouweneel, A. Steynor, and C. H. Trisos. 2021.  Climate Change Literacy in Africa.  Nature Climate Change 11 (11): 937 44.

Simpson, N. P., K. J. Mach, A. Constable, J. Hess, R. Hogarth, M. Howden, J. Lawrence, et al. 2021.  A Framework for Complex Climate Change Risk Assessment.  One Earth 4 (4): 489 501.

Skowno, A. L., D. Jewitt, and J. A. Slingsby. 2021.  Rates and Patterns of Habitat Loss Across South Africa s Vegetation Biomes.  South African Journal of Science 117 (1-2).

Slingsby, J. A., A. de Buys, A. D. A. Simmers, E. Prinsloo, G. G. Forsyth, J. Glenday, and N. Allsopp. 2021.  Jonkershoek: Africa s Oldest Catchment Experiment - 80 Years and Counting.  Hydrological Processes 35 (4).

Sutton, G., A. Bownes, V. Visser, A. Mapaura, and K. Canavan. 2021.  Progress and Prospects for the Biological Control of Invasive Alien Grasses Poaceae) in South Africa.  African Entomology 29 (3): 837 58.

Treurnicht, M., F. M. Schurr, J. A. Slingsby, K. J. Esler, and J. Pagel. 2021.  Range-Wide Population Viability Analyses Reveal High Sensitivity to Wildflower Harvesting in Extreme Environments.  Journal of Applied Ecology 58 (7): 1399 1410.

Trisos, C. H., J. Auerbach, and M. Katti. 2021.  Decoloniality and Anti-Oppressive Practices for a More Ethical Ecology.  Nature Ecology and Evolution 5 (9): 1205 12.

Trisos, C. H., C. Merow, and A. L. Pigot. 2021.  Reply to: Spatial Scale and the Synchrony of Ecological Disruption.  Nature 599 (7886): E11 13.

Wessels, C., C. Merow, and C. H. Trisos. 2021.  Climate Change Risk to Southern African Wild Food Plants.  Regional Environmental Change 21 (2).

Williams, P. A., N. P. Simpson, E. Totin, M. A. North, and C. H. Trisos. 2021.  Feasibility Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Options Across Africa: An Evidence-Based Review.  Environmental Research Letters 16 (7).

Woodgate, Z., G. Distiller, and M. Justin O Riain. 2021.  Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Role of Interspecific Competition in Shaping Riverine Rabbit Occurrence.  Endangered Species Research 44: 351 61.


Adams, L. A., G. W. Maneveldt, A. Green, N. Karenyi, D. Parker, T. Samaai, and S. Kerwath. 2020. “Rhodolith Bed Discovered Off the South African Coast.” Diversity 12 (4).

Carlson, Colin J., Rita Colwell, Mohammad Sharif Hossain, Mohammed Mofizur Rahman, Alan Robock, Sadie J. Ryan, Mohammad Shafiul Alam, and Christopher H. Trisos. 2020. “Solar Geoengineering Could Redistribute Malaria Risk in Developing Countries.” medRxiv.

Chamberlain, D., C. Reynolds, A. Amar, D. Henry, E. Caprio, and P. Batáry. 2020. “Wealth, Water and Wildlife: Landscape Aridity Intensifies the Urban Luxury Effect.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 29 (9): 1595–605.

Chang, Y.-J., H. Winker, M. Sculley, and J. Hsu. 2020. “Evaluation of the Status and Risk of Overexploitation of the Pacific Billfish Stocks Considering Non-Stationary Population Processes.” Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 175.

Colville, J. F., C. M. Beale, F. Forest, R. Altwegg, B. Huntley, and R. M. Cowling. 2020. “Plant Richness, Turnover, and Evolutionary Diversity Track Gradients of Stability and Ecological Opportunity in a Megadiversity Center.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117 (33): 20027–37.

Colyn, Robin B, Catherine L Henderson, Res Altwegg, and Hanneline A Smit-Robinson. 2020. “Habitat transformation and climate change: Implications for the distribution, population status, and colony extinction of Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus) in southern Africa.” The Condor 122 (1): 1–17.

Conradi, T., J. A. Slingsby, G. F. Midgley, H. Nottebrock, A. H. Schweiger, and S. I. Higgins. 2020. “An Operational Definition of the Biome for Global Change Research.” New Phytologist 227 (5): 1294–1306.

Conway, Alexander M., Ian N. Durbach, Alistair McInnes, and Robert N. Harris. 2021. “Frame-by-Frame Annotation of Video Recordings Using Deep Neural Networks.” Ecosphere 12 (3): e03384.

Distiller, G. B., D. L. Borchers, R. J. Foster, and B. J. Harmsen. 2020. “Using Continuous-Time Spatial Capture–Recapture Models to Make Inference about Animal Activity Patterns.” Ecology and Evolution 10 (20): 11826–37.

Dombrow, H. E., and J. F. Colville. 2020. “Review of the Genus Beckhoplia Dombrow, 2005 with the Description of Fifteen New Species from South Africa and Observations on Its Biogeography (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae: Hopliini).” Zootaxa 4823 (1): 1–79.

Dufourq, Emmanuel, Ian Durbach, James P. Hansford, Amanda Hoepfner, Heidi Ma, Jessica V. Bryant, Christina S. Stender, et al. 2020. “Automated Detection of Hainan Gibbon Calls for Passive Acoustic Monitoring.” bioRxiv.

Durbach, I., D. Borchers, C. Sutherland, and K. Sharma. 2021. “Fast, Flexible Alternatives to Regular Grid Designs for Spatial Capture–Recapture.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 12 (2): 298–310.

Durbach, I. N., S. Algorta, D. K. Kantu, K. V. Katsikopoulos, and Ö. ?im?ek. 2020. “Fast and Frugal Heuristics for Portfolio Decisions with Positive Project Interactions.” Decision Support Systems 138.

Durbach, Ian N., and Theodor J. Stewart. 2020. “Probability and Beyond: Including Uncertainties in Decision Analysis.” In Behavioral Operational Research: A Capabilities Approach, edited by Leroy White, Martin Kunc, Katharina Burger, and Jonathan Malpass, 75–91. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Ebert, Philip, and Ian Durbach. 2020. “Gratuitous Risk: Perceived Danger and Recklessness Judgements about Outdoor Sports Participants.” In.

Froese, R., H. Winker, G. Coro, N. Demirel, A. C. Tsikliras, D. Dimarchopoulou, G. Scarcella, M. L. D. Palomares, M. Dureuil, and D. Pauly. 2020. “Estimating Stock Status from Relative Abundance and Resilience.” ICES Journal of Marine Science 77 (2): 527–38.

Gridley, T., M. J. Martin, J. Slater, J.-P. Roux, R. J. Swift, and S. H. Elwen. 2020. “Towed Passive Acoustic Monitoring Complements Visual Survey Methods for Heaviside’s Dolphins Cephalorhynchus Heavisidii in the Namibian Islands Marine Protected Area.” African Journal of Marine Science 42 (4): 495–506.

Henry, D. A. W., A. T. K. Lee, and R. Altwegg. 2020. “Can Time-to-Detection Models with Fewer Survey Replicates Provide a Robust Alternative to Traditional Site-Occupancy Models?” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11 (5): 643–55.

Jansen, D. Y. M., P. Lloyd, H.-D. Oschadleus, and R. Altwegg. 2020. “Survival Synchronicity in Two Avian Insectivore Communities.” Ibis 162 (3): 787–800.

Lombard, Amanda T., Ian Durbach, Jean M. Harris, Judy Mann-Lang, Bruce Q. Mann, George M. Branch, and Colin G. Attwood. 2020. “Chapter 13 - South Africa’s Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area – Winners and Losers.” In Marine Protected Areas, edited by John Humphreys and Robert W. E. Clark, 237–70. Elsevier.

Longden, Emma G, Simon H Elwen, Barry McGovern, Bridget S James, Clare B Embling, and Tess Gridley. 2020. “Mark–recapture of individually distinctive calls—a case study with signature whistles of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).” Journal of Mammalogy 101 (5): 1289–1301.

Loubota Panzou, G. J., A. Fayolle, T. Jucker, O. L. Phillips, S. Bohlman, L. F. Banin, S. L. Lewis, et al. 2021. “Pantropical Variability in Tree Crown Allometry.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 30: 459–75.

McGovern, B., T. Gridley, B. S. James, and S. Elwen. 2020. “Risky Business? A Note on Repeated Live Strandings of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) While Foraging in a Shallow Water Environment.” Marine Mammal Science 36 (1): 305–14.

Measey, Vernon AND Dgebuadze, John AND Visser. 2019. “The World Needs BRICS Countries to Build Capacity in Invasion Science.” PLOS Biology 17 (9): 1–7.

Melin, A., R. Altwegg, J. C. Manning, and J. F. Colville. 2020. “Allometric Relationships Shape Foreleg Evolution of Long-Legged Oil Bees (Melittidae: Rediviva).” Evolution 75 (2): 437–49.

Melin, A., J. F. Colville, G. D. Duckworth, R. Altwegg, R. Slabbert, J. J. Midgley, M. Rouget, and J. S Donaldson. 2020. “Diversity of Pollen Sources Used by Managed Honey Bees in Variegated Landscapes.” Journal of Apicultural Research 59 (5): 988–99.

Melin, Annalie, and Jonathan F. Colville. 2020. “A Nesting Aggregation of Rediviva intermixta (Melittinae: Melittidae) with Males Sleeping Together in Burrows: Namaqualand, South Africa.” Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 92 (3): 561–68.

North, Michelle, James Franke, Birgitt Ouweneel, and Christopher Trisos. 2020. “Global Risk of Heat Stress to Cattle Under Climate Change.” AgriRxiv, November.

Novoa, A., D. M. Richardson, P. Pyšek, L. A. Meyerson, S. Bacher, S. Canavan, J. A. Catford, et al. 2020. “Invasion Syndromes: A Systematic Approach for Predicting Biological Invasions and Facilitating Effective Management.” Biological Invasions 22 (5): 1801–20.

Parker, D., J. C. Coetzee, H. Winker, and C. D. van der Lingen. 2020. “Accounting for Linefish Dependency in Management of the South African Small Pelagic Fishery.” African Journal of Marine Science 42 (3): 183–94.

Phillips, Carly, Astrid Caldas, Rachel Cleetus, Kristina Dahl, Juan Declet-Barreto, Rachel Licker, L. Merner, et al. 2020. “Compound Climate Risks in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Nature Climate Change 10 (May): 586–88.

Reynolds, C., D. A. W. Henry, D. R. C. Tye, and N. D. Tye. 2020. “Defining Separation Zones for Coastal Birds at a Wetland of Global Importance.” Wildlife Research 48 (2): 134–41.

Ross-Marsh, E. C., S. H. Elwen, A. S. Prinsloo, B. S. James, and T. Gridley. 2020. “Singing in South Africa: Monitoring the Occurrence of Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) Song Near the Western Cape.” Bioacoustics.

Scheiter, S., G. R. Moncrieff, M. Pfeiffer, and S. I. Higgins. 2020. “African Biomes Are Most Sensitive to Changes in Co2 Under Recent and Near-Future Co2 Conditions.” Biogeosciences 17 (4): 1147–67.

Seymour, C. L., S. J. Milton, R. Altwegg, G. S. Joseph, and W. R. J. Dean. 2020. “Addition of Nitrogen Increases Variability of Vegetation Cover in an Arid System with Unpredictable Rainfall.” Ecosystems 23 (1): 175–87.

Shannon, L. J., K. Ortega-Cisneros, T. Lamont, H. Winker, R. Crawford, A. Jarre, and M. Coll. 2020. “Exploring Temporal Variability in the Southern Benguela Ecosystem over the Past Four Decades Using a Time-Dynamic Ecosystem Model.” Frontiers in Marine Science 7: 540.

Sherley, R. B., H. Winker, C. L. Rigby, P. M. Kyne, R. Pollom, N. Pacoureau, K. Herman, et al. 2020. “Estimating IUCN Red List Population Reduction: JARA—a Decision-Support Tool Applied to Pelagic Sharks.” Conservation Letters 13 (2).

Slingsby, J. A. 2020. “Forest Restoration or Propaganda? The Need for Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Scores to Uphold Research Integrity.” South African Journal of Science 116 (8).

Slingsby, J. A., G. R. Moncrieff, A. J. Rogers, and E. C. February. 2020. “Altered Ignition Catchments Threaten a Hyperdiverse Fire-Dependent Ecosystem.” Global Change Biology 26 (2): 616–28.

Slingsby, J. A., G. R. Moncrieff, and A. M. Wilson. 2020. “Near-Real Time Forecasting and Change Detection for an Open Ecosystem with Complex Natural Dynamics.” ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 166: 15–25.

Sumasgutner, P., A. Jenkins, A. Amar, and R. Altwegg. 2020. “Nest Boxes Buffer the Effects of Climate on Breeding Performance in an African Urban Raptor.” PLoS ONE 15 (6).

Treurnicht, M., J. Pagel, J. Tonnabel, K. J. Esler, J. A. Slingsby, and F. M. Schurr. 2020. “Functional Traits Explain the Hutchinsonian Niches of Plant Species.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 29 (3): 534–45.

Trisos, Christopher, Cory Merow, and Alex Pigot. 2020. “The Projected Timing of Abrupt Ecological Disruption from Climate Change.” Nature 580 (April): 1–6.

Weideman, E. A., J. A. Slingsby, R. L. Thomson, and B. T. W. Coetzee. 2020. “Land Cover Change Homogenizes Functional and Phylogenetic Diversity Within and Among African Savanna Bird Assemblages.” Landscape Ecology 35 (1): 145–57.

Winker, H., F. Carvalho, J. T. Thorson, L. T. Kell, D. Parker, M. Kapur, R. Sharma, A. J. Booth, and S. E. Kerwath. 2020. “JABBA-Select: Incorporating Life History and Fisheries’ Selectivity into Surplus Production Models.” Fisheries Research 222: 1–17.

Witt, C. G. von, B. Anderson, I. N. Durbach, and S. D. Johnson. 2020. “Breeding Systems of Floral Colour Forms in the Drosera Cistiflora Species Complex.” Plant Biology 22 (6): 992–1001.


Allsopp, N., Slingsby, J.A. and Esler, K.J., 2019. Identifying research questions for the conservation of the Cape Floristic Region. South African Journal of Science, 115(9-10):1-8. doi:10.17159/sajs.2019/5889.

Altwegg, R. and Nichols, J.D., 2019. Occupancy models for citizen‐science data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10(1):8-21. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13090.

Chamberlain, D.E., Henry, D.A., Reynolds, C., Caprio, E. and Amar, A., 2019. The relationship between wealth and biodiversity: A test of the Luxury Effect on bird species richness in the developing world. Global change biology, 25(9):3045-3055. doi:10.1111/gcb.14682.

Clark, A.E. and Altwegg, R., 2019. Efficient Bayesian analysis of occupancy models with logit link functions. Ecology and evolution, 9(2):756-768. doi:10.1002/ece3.4850.

Cumming, G.S. and Henry, D.A., 2019. Point counts outperform line transects when sampling birds along routes in South African protected areas. African Zoology, pp.1-12. doi:10.1080/15627020.2019.1658540.

Dilley, B.J., Hedding, D.W., Henry, D.A., Rexer-Huber, K., Parker, G.C., Schoombie, S., Osborne, A. and Ryan, P.G., 2019. Clustered or dispersed: testing the effect of sampling strategy to census burrow-nesting petrels with varied distributions at sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Antarctic Science, 31(5):231-242. doi:10.1017/S0954102019000300.

Henry, D.A. and O’Connor, T.G., 2019. Survey frequency affects the estimates and conclusions of long-term changes in waterbird populations: a case study from a South African wetland. Biodiversity and Conservation, 28(13):3429-3443. doi:10.1007/s10531-019-01828-2.

Jansen, D.Y., Pradel, R., Mares, R., Doutrelant, C., Spottiswoode, C.N., Covas, R. and Altwegg, R., 2019. An integrated population model sheds light on the complex population dynamics of a unique colonial breeder. Population Ecology, 61(4):406-420. doi:10.1002/1438-390X.12010.

Louw, M.A., Haussmann, N.S. and le Roux, P.C., 2019. Testing for consistency in the impacts of a burrowing ecosystem engineer on soil and vegetation characteristics across biomes. Scientific Reports, 9(1):1-12. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-55917-x.

Magadzire, N., De Klerk, H.M., Esler, K.J. and Slingsby, J.A., 2019. Fire and life history affect the distribution of plant species in a biodiversity hotspot. Diversity and Distributions, 25(7):1012-1023. doi:10.1111/ddi.12921.

Maphisa, D.H., Smit-Robinson, H. and Altwegg, R., 2019. Dynamic multi-species occupancy models reveal individualistic habitat preferences in a high-altitude grassland bird community. PeerJ, 7, p.e6276. doi:10.7717/peerj.6276.

Moreira, F., Allsopp, N., Esler, K.J., Wardell‐Johnson, G., Ancillotto, L., Arianoutsou, M., Clary, J., Brotons, L., Clavero, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G. and Fagoaga, R., Fiedler, P., Filipe, A.F., Frankenberg, E., Holmgren, M., Marquet, P.A., Martinez‐Harms, M.J., Martinoli, A., Miller, B.P., Olsvig‐Whittaker, L., Pliscoff, P., Rundel, P., Russo, D., Slingsby, J.A. and others. 2019. Priority questions for biodiversity conservation in the Mediterranean biome: Heterogeneous perspectives across continents and stakeholders. Conservation Science and Practice, 1(11):118. doi:10.1111/csp2.118.

Oosthuizen, W.C., Postma, M., Altwegg, R., Nevoux, M., Pradel, R., Bester, M.N. and de Bruyn, P.N., 2019. Individual heterogeneity in life‐history trade‐offs with age at first reproduction in capital breeding elephant seals. Population Ecology, 61(4):421-435. doi:10.1002/1438-390X.12015.

Prokosch, J., Bernitz, Z., Bernitz, H., Erni, B. and Altwegg, R., 2019. Are animals shrinking due to climate change? Temperature-mediated selection on body mass in mountain wagtails. Oecologia, 189(3):841-849. doi:10.1007/s00442-019-04368-2.

Rink, A.N., Altwegg, R., Edwards, S., Bowie, R.C. and Colville, J.F., 2019. Contest dynamics and assessment strategies in combatant monkey beetles (Scarabaeidae: Hopliini). Behavioral Ecology, 30(3):713-723. doi:10.1093/beheco/arz008.

Slingsby, J.A. and Slingsby, P.W., 2019. Monitoring the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar with freely available Google Earth imagery. PeerJ, 7:e7005. doi:10.7717/peerj.7005.


Amar, A., Buij, R., Suri, J., Sumasgutner, P. and Virani, M.Z., 2018. Conservation and ecology of African raptors. In Birds of Prey (419-455). Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-73745-4.

Barraclough, D.A., Colville, J.F., Karolyi, F. and Krenn, H.W., 2018. A striking new species of Prosoeca Schiner, 1867 (Diptera: Nemestrinidae): An important pollinator from the Bokkeveld Plateau, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Zootaxa, 4497(3):411-421. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4497.3.5.

Becker, F.S., Tolley, K.A., Measey, G.J. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Extreme climate-induced life-history plasticity in an amphibian. The American Naturalist, 191(2):250-258.doi:10.1086/695315

Bonebrake, T.C., Brown, C.J., Bell, J.D., Blanchard, J.L., Chauvenet, A., Champion, C., Chen, I.C., Clark, T.D., Colwell, R.K., Danielsen, F., Dell, A.I., Donelson, J.M., Evengård, B., Ferrier, S., Frusher, S., Garcia, R.A. and others. 2018. Managing consequences of climate‐driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews, 93(1):284-305. doi:10.1111/brv.12344.

Burman, M.S., Underhill, L.G., Altwegg, R., Erni, B., Remisiewicz, M. and MacLeod, J., 2018. Migratory connectivity of barn swallows in South Africa to their Palaearctic breeding grounds. Diversity and Distributions, 24(11):1699-1708. doi:10.1111/ddi.12810.

Colville, J.F., Picker, M.D. and Cowling, R.M., 2018. Feeding ecology and sexual dimorphism in a speciose flower beetle clade (Hopliini: Scarabaeidae). PeerJ, 6, p.e4632. doi:10.7717/peerj.4632.

De Klerk, H.M., Burgess, N.D. and Visser, V., 2018. Probabilistic description of vegetation ecotones using remote sensing. Ecological Informatics, 46:125-132. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2018.06.001.

Dicken, M.L., Winker, H., Smale, M.J. and Cliff, G., 2018. Sharks caught in the KwaZulu-Natal bather protection programme, South Africa. 14. The smooth hammerhead shark Sphyrna zygaena (Linnaeus). African journal of marine science, 40(2):157-174. doi:10.2989/1814232X.2018.1470031.

Dornelas, M., Antao, L.H., Moyes, F., Bates, A.E., Magurran, A.E., Adam, D., Akhmetzhanova, A.A., Appeltans, W., Arcos, J.M., Arnold, H. and Ayyappan, N., 2018. BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7):760-786. doi:10.1111/geb.12729

Drouilly, M., Clark, A. and O'Riain, M.J., 2018. Multi-species occupancy modelling of mammal and ground bird communities in rangeland in the Karoo: A case for dryland systems globally. Biological Conservation, 224:16-25. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.05.013.

Duckworth, G.D. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Effectiveness of protected areas for bird conservation depends on guild. Diversity and Distributions, 24(8):1083-1091. doi:10.1111/ddi.12756.

Durbach, I. and Montibeller, G., 2018. Predicting in shock: on the impact of negative, extreme, rare, and short lived events on judgmental forecasts. EURO Journal on Decision Processes, 6(1-2):213-233. doi:10.1007/s40070-017-0063-2.

Forest, F., Colville, J.F. and Cowling, R.M., 2018. Evolutionary diversity patterns in the Cape flora of South Africa. In Phylogenetic diversity: Applications and challenges in biodiversity science (167-187). Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-93145-6. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-93145-6_9.

Froese, R., Winker, H., Coro, G., Demirel, N., Tsikliras, A.C., Dimarchopoulou, D., Scarcella, G., Probst, W.N., Dureuil, M. and Pauly, D., 2018. A new approach for estimating stock status from length frequency data. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75(6):2004-2015. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsy078.

Froese, R., Winker, H., Coro, G., Demirel, N., Tsikliras, A.C., Dimarchopoulou, D., Scarcella, G., Quaas, M. and Matz-Lück, N., 2018. Status and rebuilding of European fisheries. Marine Policy, 93, pp.159-170. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.018.

Gridley, T., Elwen, S.H., Harris, G., Moore, D.M., Hoelzel, A.R. and Lampen, F., 2018. Hybridization in bottlenose dolphins—A case study of Tursiops aduncus×T. truncatus hybrids and successful backcross hybridization events. PloS one, 13(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0201722.

Gridley, T., Silva, M.F.P., Wilkinson, C., Seakamela, S.M. and Elwen, S.H., 2018. Song recorded near a super-group of humpback whales on a mid-latitude feeding ground off South Africa. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(4), pp.EL298-EL304. doi:10.1121/1.5032126.

Jarre, A., Shannon, L.J., Cooper, R., Duggan, G.L., Gammage, L.C., Lockerbie, E.M., McGregor, E.S., Ragaller, S.M., Visser, N., Ward, C. and Watermeyer, K.E., 2018. Untangling a Gordian knot that must not be cut: Social-ecological systems research for management of southern Benguela fisheries. Journal of Marine Systems, 188:149-159. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2018.01.004.

Karenyi, N., Sink, K., Nel, R., Clark, A.E. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Imperfect detection distorts depth‐related trends in marine macrofaunal species richness. Ecography, 41(10):1698-1706. doi:10.1111/ecog.03439.

Katsikopoulos, K.V., Durbach, I.N. and Stewart, T.J., 2018. When should we use simple decision models? A synthesis of various research strands. Omega, 81:17-25. doi:10.1016/

Ke, A., Sibiya, M.D., Reynolds, C., McCleery, R.A., Monadjem, A. and Fletcher, R.J., 2018. Landscape heterogeneity shapes taxonomic diversity of non-breeding birds across fragmented savanna landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27(10):2681-2698. doi:10.1007/s10531-018-1561-7

Kock, A.A., Photopoulou, T., Durbach, I., Mauff, K., Meÿer, M., Kotze, D., Griffiths, C.L. and O’Riain, M.J., 2018. Summer at the beach: spatio-temporal patterns of white shark occurrence along the inshore areas of False Bay, South Africa. Movement ecology, 6(1):7. doi:10.1186/s40462-018-0125-5.

LaScaleia, M.C., Reynolds, C., Magagula, C.N., Roets, F. and McCleery, R.A., 2018. Dung beetle richness decreases with increasing landscape structural heterogeneity in an African savanna‐agricultural mosaic. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 11(4):396-406. doi:10.1111/icad.12290.

Lloyd, K.J., Altwegg, R., Doutrelant, C. and Covas, R., 2018. Factors affecting the foraging distance and duration of a colonial bird, the sociable weaver, in a semi-arid environment. African Journal of Ecology, 56(3):659-663. doi:10.1111/aje.12484.

Maphisa, D.H., Smit-Robinson, H. and Altwegg, R., 2018. Dynamic multi-species occupancy models of birds of high-altitude grasslands in eastern South Africa. PeerJ Preprints, 6:e26932v1. doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26932v1.

Martin, M.J., Gridley, T., Elwen, S.H. and Jensen, F.H., 2018. Heaviside's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) relax acoustic crypsis to increase communication range. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1883):20181178.  doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1178.

McClelland, G.T., Altwegg, R., Van Aarde, R.J., Ferreira, S., Burger, A.E. and Chown, S.L., 2018. Climate change leads to increasing population density and impacts of a key island invader. Ecological applications, 28(1):212-224. doi:10.1002/eap.1642.

Melin, A., Rouget, M., Colville, J.F., Midgley, J.J. and Donaldson, J.S., 2018. Assessing the role of dispersed floral resources for managed bees in providing supporting ecosystem services for crop pollination. PeerJ, 6:e5654. doi:10.7717/peerj.5654.

Mukhtar, A.Y., Munyakazi, J.B., Ouifki, R. and Clark, A.E., 2018. Modelling the effect of bednet coverage on malaria transmission in South Sudan. PloS one, 13(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0198280.

Murgatroyd, M., Photopoulou, T., Underhill, L.G., Bouten, W. and Amar, A., 2018. Where eagles soar: Fine‐resolution tracking reveals the spatiotemporal use of differential soaring modes in a large raptor. Ecology and evolution, 8(13):6788-6799. doi:10.1002/ece3.4189.

Nickless, A., Rayner, P.J., Erni, B. and Scholes, R.J., 2018. Comparison of the genetic algorithm and incremental optimisation routines for a Bayesian inverse modelling based network design. Inverse Problems, 34(5):055006. doi:10.1088/1361-6420/aab46c.

Nkuna, K.V., Visser, V., Wilson, J.R. and Kumschick, S., 2018. Global environmental and socio-economic impacts of selected alien grasses as a basis for ranking threats to South Africa. NeoBiota, 41:19. doi:10.3897/neobiota.41.265.

Oosthuizen, W.C., Altwegg, R., Nevoux, M., Bester, M.N. and de Bruyn, P.N., 2018. Phenotypic selection and covariation in the life‐history traits of elephant seals: heavier offspring gain a double selective advantage. Oikos, 127(6):875-889. doi:10.1111/oik.04998.

Photopoulou, T., 2018. Human footprint restricts ranges. Nature ecology & evolution, 2(5):773-774. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0538-y.

Poulos, H.M., Barton, A.M., Slingsby, J.A. and Bowman, D.M., 2018. Do mixed fire regimes shape plant flammability and post-fire recovery strategies?. Fire, 1(3):39. doi:10.3390/fire1030039.

Reynolds, C., Fletcher, R.J., Carneiro, C.M., Jennings, N., Ke, A., LaScaleia, M.C., Lukhele, M.B., Mamba, M.L., Sibiya, M.D., Austin, J.D. and Magagula, C.N., 2018. Inconsistent effects of landscape heterogeneity and land-use on animal diversity in an agricultural mosaic: a multi-scale and multi-taxon investigation. Landscape ecology, 33(2):241-255. doi:10.1007/s10980-017-0595-7.

Swart, C., Visser, V. and Robinson, T.B., 2018. Patterns and traits associated with invasions by predatory marine crabs. NeoBiota, 39:79. doi:10.3897/neobiota.39.22002.

Thorson, J.T., Rudd, M.B. and Winker, H., 2019. The case for estimating recruitment variation in data-moderate and data-poor age-structured models. Fisheries Research, 217:87-97. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.07.007.

Winker, H., Carvalho, F. and Kapur, M., 2018. JABBA: just another Bayesian biomass assessment. Fisheries Research, 204:275-288. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.03.010.

Woodgate, Z., Distiller, G. and O’Riain, J., 2018. Variation in mammal species richness and relative abundance in the Karoo. African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 35(3-4):325-334. doi:10.2989/10220119.2018.1522513.