WELCOME TO NAS: Meet Dr Bernard Coetzee
Posted on April 09, 2021
Meet Dr Bernard Coetzee, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology who was appointed to the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in March this year.
MRI seal research in spectacular educational book
Posted on March 17, 2021
A renowned researcher from the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI), Prof Marthán N. Bester, has co-authored chapters on Tristan da Cunha and British Antarctic Territory in a spectacular educational book, Britain’s Distant Seas.
Wildlife plays important role in maintaining healthy societies and ecosystems
Posted on March 03, 2021
World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year and focuses on forest-based livelihoods and seeks to promote forest and forest wildlife management models and practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests, forest-dwelling species of wild fauna...
Ground-breaking study reveals colonies of mole-rats communicate with each other in their own dialect
Posted on January 29, 2021
A study by a team of scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin, Germany and the University of Pretoria (UP) has found that naked mole-rats can communicate with one another within their own colony. They do this with a unique dialect that is specific to that...
Fencing-in of Botswana elephants could explain why 350 elephants died in one area, reveals UP-led study
Posted on January 25, 2021
An international study led by the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Professor Rudi van Aarde suggests that the mass die-off of 350 elephants in one area of northern Botswana last year could be attributed to the fencing-in of these animals.
UP alumnus and research associate wins Population Ecology Young Author Award
Posted on November 24, 2020
Dr Chris Oosthuizen, an alumnus of UP’s Department of Zoology and Entomology and a research associate with UP’s Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, was recently awarded the Population Ecology Young Author Award.
‘Malaria research is very close to my heart’, says UP graduate who hopes her work will make a difference in her own community
Posted on October 22, 2020
It was only after University of Pretoria (UP) graduate Takalani Makhanthisa began her postgraduate studies in entomology that she realised that more than half of South Africa’s cases of malaria occur in the Vhembe District in Limpopo, her home. Now Makhanthisa hopes her research towards her...
Three UP researchers elected to Academy of Science of South Africa
Posted on October 16, 2020
Three internationally renowned researchers from UP's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences - Professor Roumen Anguelov, Professor Andre Ganswindt and Professor Sheryl Hendriks - have been elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
UP Zoology prof part of study that finds hummingbirds drop body temperature to near freezing point to survive cold nights
Posted on September 22, 2020
A University of Pretoria professor of zoology was part of a team that recently published a study that reveals that tiny hummingbirds living in the Andes Mountains in Peru drop their body temperature from 40°C to 3.3°C, near freezing point, to survive bitterly cold nights. “It is the...
Spotting the right whale for conservation
Posted on September 18, 2020
The Whale Unit of the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI) will be conducting its 41st annual southern right whale photo-identification aerial survey in September 2020.
UP academics part of research paper that attempts to identify the causes of elephant die-off in Botswana
Posted on August 05, 2020
Scientists from South Africa and Pakistan have pooled their expertise in an effort to understand why more than 350 elephants in Botswana have died in just two months.
University of Pretoria boasts five finalists in 2019/2020 NSTF-South32 ‘Science Oscars’
Posted on June 05, 2020
Five academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) are finalists in the 2019/2020 National Science and Technology Forum’s (NSTF) prestigious NSTF-South32 Awards.
PhD student wins writing competition
Posted on March 12, 2020
Quentin Guignard, a PhD student in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, recently won a writing competition held in conjunction with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) and The Conversation Africa. His cash prize of R30 000 will...
NAS celebrates excellence in teaching
Posted on December 16, 2019
What started off as a departmental initiative grew exponentially and culminated in an awards ceremony where excellence in teaching was celebrated at Faculty level.
At the last [email protected] event for 2019, cluster awards in all four clusters (Biological Sciences, Food and Agricultural Sciences,...
Official opening of shared research lab’s new home supports interdisciplinary research at UP
Posted on December 16, 2019
“Interdisciplinary research is a key competency for research-intensive universities such as the University of Pretoria, and we need to enable and amplify interdisciplinary research programmes so that we develop the capacity to respond meaningfully to global change challenges.” These...
UP’s Faculty of Law scores first for Africa with third consecutive year in THE global top 100 university subject rankings
Posted on November 12, 2019
The University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Law has for the third consecutive year been ranked in Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2020 survey of the Top 100 World University Rankings by subject. This achievement is unparalleled in South Africa and Africa.
Results of 2019 annual aerial survey for southern right whales
Posted on October 14, 2019
The 2019 survey observed the second lowest number of right whales along our shores in October since 1995.
Prof Barend Erasmus appointed as new Dean for NAS
Posted on October 02, 2019
Professor Barend Erasmus has been appointed as the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 1 October 2019.
2019 southern right whale aerial survey
Posted on September 13, 2019
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the annual aerial survey of southern right whales conducted by the Whale Unit of the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI).
Prof Marthán Bester wins ZSSA Gold Medal
Posted on September 02, 2019
Emeritus Professor Marthán Bester, from the Department of Zoology and Entomology in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), was awarded the distinguished Gold Medal of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA) at the 39th ZSSA Congress held in...