Prof Chris Chimimba's interest which he conducts through the Department of Zoology and Entomology, the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) includes: Evolutionary Biology, Biosystematics, Biometrics, and Biodiversity/Conservation Biology-related aspects in Mammalogy. The research focus is mainly on the biosystematics of small mammals within the southern African subregion particularly in rodents of medical, veterinary, agricultural and of nature conservation consern. To put into perspective, biosystematics is fundamental to modern biology as is algebra to mathematics and quantum theory to physics.
These research initiatives have been extended into a pan-African context, particularly with regard to threats posed by alien species. Because of the critical need to investigate systematics and conservation problems in a holistic sense, Prof Chimimba's research is essentially technique-driven and multidisciplinary in nature. It encompases a wide range of taxa because the techniques are are similar regardless of taxa and geographic scope, and is based on the utilization of classical taxonomy and both conventional and current geometric techniques, and in collaboration with other scientists, other techniques utilized include: cytogenetics, DNA sequencing, and GIS techniques. Additional interests include: mammalian ecology and the theoretical understanding of biostatistical analyses in the biological sciences.
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