Prof. Mark Robertson

PhD, Rhodes

BSc (Hons), Rhodes



Office: 2-1.8, First Floor, Geography Building

Phone: +27 (0)12 420-3296

Email: [email protected]

Community ecology, macro-ecology and biological invasions

My research includes the fields of community ecology, macro-ecology and biological invasions. My research interests include investigations into the factors that limit species distributions and in predicting potential distributions of species using species distribution models.  These models make use of distribution records and environmental predictor variables to derive species-environment relationships that are used to predict the potential distribution of individual species.  I am interested in applying these models to conservation problems and for understanding risks associated with biological invasions. Related to this I am interested in how insect diversity changes across environmental gradients and as a result of disturbance, particularly due to plant invasions.  I have a particular interest in ants as they are useful indicator species for understanding changes in ecosystems.  I am currently involved in a long-term study of ant diversity across an elevational gradient in the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains.

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Postdoctoral researchers


Dr Heather Campbell

Dr Katelyn Faulkner

Postgraduate students


Katherine Bunney. PhD

Takalani Nelufule. PhD

Candice Lamb. MSc

Freedom Shabangu. MSc

Jabulile Mzizi. BSc (Honours)


Ms Michelle Kral. MSc in Zoology

Ms Sarah Newman. MSc in Entomology

Mr Cavin Shivambu. MSc in Zoology

Ms Eileen Engelbrecht. BSc (Honours) in Entomology (2019)

Ms Tamryn Venter. BSc (Honours) in Zoology (2019)

Mr Greg de Jong. BSc (Honours) in Zoology

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