Message from the Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria!

The Department of Zoology and Entomology provides excellence in teaching and sustained high productivity and quality in research. We are a highly skilled, internationally recognised scientific team, whose major research and teaching goals are to provide a comprehensive understanding of the patterns in, processes underlying, threats to, and management of biodiversity in natural and human-influenced landscapes.

Our interests lie mostly in the insects, birds and mammals of Africa, but staff and students also work on and are passionate about a variety of other animals, from the molecular to the ecological level. This is reflected in the diverse research groups in the Department, including the Mammal Research Institute, Conservation Ecology Research Unit, and Social Insects Research Group. Some of us are affiliated with the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and the DST-NRF Centre for Invasion Biology and Percy FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology. We also excel in research on the management of insect pests and vectors of disease with a view to ensuring food security and animal and human health, the use of stable isotopes to answer ecological questions, and the evolution and diversity of African fauna.

Above all, we strive to be a leading research and teaching department in the disciplines of Zoology and Entomology in Africa and internationally, recognised for the quality, relevance and impact of our research and graduates that are sought after by all stakeholders.

I encourage you to browse our website to become familiar with the people in the Department and the important research that they are doing, and welcome your questions and feedback.

- Author C. Weldon

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