Stefan Foord

Chair in Biodiversity Value and Change Succesor
Stefan Foord
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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.


  1. Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]
  2. Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

    The Department of Environmental Affairs are appointing consultants to undertake an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (Vhembe District and Blouberg Local Municipality) which will include an analysis of the current zonation (core conservation areas and buffer zones), suggest future conservation areas and publish land use guidelines. The objective of the EMF […]
  3. Insect diversity and conservation

    Colin Schoeman is studying beta diversity and turnover of ants, beetles and spiders across five longitudinal transects in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, representing the different vegetation units in the region. The rate of turnover in species diversity over large geographic areas differs not only between vegetation units, but within them as well, which has important […]
  4. Rivers and wetlands

    Chair members, Professors Paul Fouche, Irene Barnhoorn and Stefan Foord from the Zoology Department, Dr Jabulani Gumbo from the Hydrology Department in the School of Environmental Sciences and their students and collaborators, made significant contributions towards a better understanding of anthropogenic impacts on the water quality, nutrient status and biodiversity of selected rivers, dams and […]