Paul Fouche

Prof. Paul Fouche is an aquatic biologist with an interest in the morphological adaptation, habitat preferences and reproductive strategy of freshwater fish. He has been involved in the limnological studies of lentic water bodies, fishway research and establishing the ecological status of the intermittent rivers in the Limpopo province. He did his PhD on the […]

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Aluwani Nengovhela

I completed my Masters degree in Environmental Science at the University of Venda where my research focused on historical changes of vlei rat (Otomys) populations and how climate change might affect their distribution in South Africa particularly on the Soutpansberg. I have presented my research findings at both national and international conferences. My current research […]

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Lourens Swanepoel

My research focuses on issues related to carnivore conservation and management, including but not limited to; conservation biology, population monitoring, ecology, conservation policy and ecosystem function and services. While my focus thus far have been on large carnivores, specifically leopards (Panthera pardus) I have recently shifted my attention to medium to small carnivores. This is […]

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Caswell Munyai

Dr Caswell Munyai is a Lecturer in invertebrate biology within the Biodiversity cluster in the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg campus. He is a South African based myrmecologist and is a co-founder of the Soutpansberg Mountain transect project responsible for monitoring the response of invertebrates to global change (started in 2009 […]

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Irene Barnhoorn

Irene’s research interest is in freshwater aquatic sciences with the emphasis on environmental endocrine disruption (ecotoxicology) and the safe consumption of wild fish. Key findings of her work include incidences of intersex in a South African freshwater fish species, Clarias gariepinus, in the Rietvlei Dam (Barnhoorn et al., 2004) and in a freshwater fish species, […]

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Peter Taylor

Born on 25 January 1963 in Zimbabwe (currently a South African citizen), I am a mammalogist specializing in the systematics, ecology and conservation biology of small mammals, in particular rodents, shrews, bats and carnivores. I was employed as Curator of Mammals and Acting Director at the Durban Natural Science Museum from 1989 to 2010. Since […]

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Steven Evans

I completed my PhD in Zoology (Ornithology) My thesis was entitled “The conservation ecology and breeding biology of the Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea, Sundevall 1850, in South Africa”. I have undertaken surveys of Blue Swallows in Uganda and Tanzania, in addition to my work in Mpumalanga in South Africa. My work experience includes working for […]

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Stefan Foord

I am an Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Venda and has been Head of the Zoology Department since 2008. I am also a core team member of the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and my research interests has largely focused invertebrate diversity patterns their drivers. Several of these studies has focused on anthropogenic […]

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Colin Schoeman

Colin Schoeman was born in 1981 in Port-Elizabeth, South Africa. He grew up in Johannesburg and later Mauritius, but completed his Matric in Cape Town. Colin Schoeman obtained a BSc.Hons. (Entomology) and MSc (Entomology) cum laude at the University of Stellenbosch. He has been employed by the University of Venda since 2009, teaches modules in […]

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Bibi Linden

Bibi Linden is a primatologist who was born in Winsen an der Luhe near Hamburg in Germany. She studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg where she majored in Tropical Biology and Animal Ecology. In 2006 she came to the Soutpansberg for a pilot study on […]

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Jabulani Gumbo

I hold a PhD (completed in 2007 at the University of Pretoria) and the study focused on the biological control of Microcystis-dominated harmful algal blooms. I lecture undergraduate students from the Department of Hydrology & Water Resources and from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Venda. Some of the research studies are […]

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Farai Dondofema

Farai Dondofema was born in Zimbabwe. He studied at the Universities of Zimbabwe (BSc (Hons) Agriculture [Animal Science] and MSc. Integrated Water Resources Management) and Fort Hare (MSc. Pasture Ecology and BSc (Hons) Applied Remote sensing and GIS). Since 2014 he has been undertaking PhD research at the University of Venda on the use of […]

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Ian Gaigher

Prof. Ian Gaigher is a zoologist with a long history of research and conservation in the Vhembe District. A founding board member of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve he is also the Convener of  the Conservation Task Team for the biosphere reserve responsible for planning future conservation areas. Ian worked for many years at the University […]

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