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  • Two UP zoologists announced as Fellows of Royal Society of South Africa

    Posted on February 11, 2019

    Two renowned researchers from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, Professors Armanda Bastos and Marthán Bester, have been announced as fellows of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf) for 2019. This brings the total number of RSSAf fellows from the...

  • Entomology students win essay prize

    Posted on December 27, 2018

    Postgraduate students from the Department of Zoology and Entomology excel in 2018 ESSA Young Entomologists' Essay Prize.

  • UP postdoctoral fellow wins British Ecological Society photography competition

    Posted on December 04, 2018

    Dr Chris Oosthuizen of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Zoology and Entomology recently won the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, Capturing Ecology, which celebrates the diversity of ecology around the world.

  • Prof Christian Pirk named among world’s top 1% of reviewers in Publons’ global Peer Review Awards

    Posted on October 26, 2018

    Prof Christian Pirk, Head of the Social Insects Research Group in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently named a top reviewer in Publons' global Peer Review Awards after having been placed among the top 1% of reviewers in Plant and Animal Science...

  • Whale Unit 2018 Aerial Survey

    Posted on September 25, 2018

    The 39th instalment of one of the longest running surveys of any marine mammal is about to start.

  • Dedication to animal disease control research

    Posted on August 31, 2018

    Prof Armanda Bastos has always cared for animal welfare, but it was probably her first field trip to the Kruger National Park as a veterinary researcher that inspired her most to dedicate her professional life to animal disease control research. As part of a research team, Prof Bastos was...

  • Communication is costly in Heaviside's Dolphins

    Posted on July 20, 2018

    Research led by scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) has shed light on an evolutionary arms race with a twist. This research, conducted by Morgan J. Martin, a PhD student from UP has found that the small Heaviside’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) selectively switch between...

  • White rhinos communicate through their ablution habits

    Posted on July 19, 2018

    A study by a University of Pretoria researcher into the ablution habits of white rhinos in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, has revealed that these animals use their place of defecation to communicate with each other and take decisions that can affect their ecology.

  • How adapting to different climates has helped a pest spread across the globe

    Posted on July 08, 2018

    The Mediterranean fruit fly can evolve rapidly to different environmental conditions, this suggests it will be well suited to cope with climate change.

  • Woody plants are changing Africa’s savannas — and this may have an impact on all of us

    Posted on May 09, 2018

    An increase in indigenous plant life does not sound like a bad thing, but when woody plants threaten to change savanna ecosystems (that cover approximately 13.5 million square kilometres of Africa alone), there is cause for concern.

  • The Great Karoo – a refuge for the trapdoor spider

    Posted on March 06, 2018

    The Karoo stretches 400 000 square kilometres over the provinces of the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape. Its vast, open semi-desert landscapes offer a sense of escapism and nothingness, guaranteeing peace and tranquillity for anyone who visits.

  • Hot birds in the hot seat

    Posted on February 22, 2018

    Prof Andrew McKechnie of the Department of Zoology and Entomology was recently awarded the South African Research Chair in Conservation Physiology. The Chair is hosted by the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and co-hosted by the University of Pretoria (UP).

  • Mammals move less in human-modified landscapes

    Posted on February 02, 2018

    Mammals move shorter distance in human-modified landscapes, which may affect ecosystems and society.

  • Forests are living on the edge – and this is not a good thing

    Posted on November 21, 2017

    The University of Pretoria's Dr Pieter Olivier is part of an international collaboration whose work was recently published in Nature. The study highlights how biodiversity is changing as a result of deforestation.

  • Unravelling the mysteries of meerkat behaviour

    Posted on November 08, 2017

    Researchers at the University of Pretoria form part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project in the Northern Cape's Kuruman River Reserve, which has studied groups of wild meerkats for over 20 years.

  • Some flies like crowds

    Posted on October 11, 2017

    Entomologists at the University of Pretoria are assessing which flies are best for recycling organic waste.

  • Spotting the right whale with annual survey

    Posted on September 26, 2017

    UP's Whale Unit will be conducting their annual aerial survey of southern right whales

  • Renowned behavioural endocrinologist new Head of MRI

    Posted on August 11, 2017

    Prof André Ganswindt, a behavioural endocrinologist by training and the founder of the Endocrine Research Laboratory was appointed as Professor and Director of the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) at the University of Pretoria from 1 August 2017.

  • Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology Chair renewed for third cycle

    Posted on July 28, 2017

    Prof Nigel Bennett, the current incumbent of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF) Joint Research Chair (SARChl) in the field of Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology at the University of Pretoria successfully won its bid for the third and last...

  • UP joins worldwide research project to fight bacteria affecting tropical and subtropical crops

    Posted on June 22, 2017

    The University of Pretoria (UP) has become a partner in the TROPICSAFE project, an initiative to fight three economically important bacterial diseases of citrus plants, grapevines and palms.

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