Invasive species are an increasing problem worldwide and to understand the invasion history and ecology of such species is an essential prerequisite to develop sustainable and effective management approaches.

My main research focus is to generate knowledge on such aspects, especially in regard to globally important invasive tree species like Australian acacias and eucalypts. To do so, I apply various methodological approaches including state-of-the-art molecular tools, statistical modelling, in-depth literature reviews as well as meta-analyses.

Besides invasion biology, I am also highly interested on how threatened or declining plant species are affected by human activities.

Flowering Acacia dealbata (silver wattle)
Australian wattles invading grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Centre for Invasion Biology

Dept. of Botany & Zoology

Stellenbosch University

Private Bag X1

Matieland 7602

South Africa

email: heidihirsch71@googlemail.com

alternative email: hirsch@sun.ac.za

phone: +27 (0)21 808 3396


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