I am a biologist with a main research focus on invasion biology and population genetics of plant species. I am particularly interested in how invasion processes shape the genetic constitution and the evolutionary potential of non-native populations and how these information can be used for management approaches.
Currently, I have a position at the Stellenbosch University as a postdoctoral research fellow and my work is orientated on the genetics of invasive acacias (i.e. Acacia dealbata). My work includes a broad variety of molecular genetic methods and considers 1) environmental factors and artificial selection as potential drivers for intra-specific genetic patterns and 2) co-evolutionary processes between acacias and associated insects.

Besides invasion biology, I am also interested in the influence of human activities and/or landscape aspects on the genetic characteristics of threatened or declining species.

             Flowering Acacia dealbata                                                 Invaded grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Dr. Heidi Hirsch

Dept. of Botany & Zoology
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
South Africa

Email: hirsch@sun.ac.za
Email: heidihirsch71@googlemail.com
Phone: +27 (0)218083396