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 drivers, be it at global or local scales. I also have a continued interest in spider taxonomy, mainly in the Hersiliidae and Salticidae families. I also supervise a growing number of postgraduate students investigating the functional role of invertebrate diversity in agricultural ecosystems.