Welcome to the Department of Zoology and Entomology
We are a highly productive research-oriented department with a strong focus on biodiversity, systematics and conservation of the southern African fauna, along with the classical disciplines of physiology, behaviour and ecology. There is a major emphasis on mammals from mole-rats to seals in the MRI, and also on elephants (CERU). Other research groups focus on restoration ecology, avian ecophysiology and molecular zoology. Entomological research includes dung beetles (SCARAB), honeybees (SIRG), and pest managment. Interdisciplinary environmental studies are based in CFES. Click here to read more...
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Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution - 05/03/2014
On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.
Research on the use of information and communication technologies - 27/02/2014
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.
Pinnacle of scholarly work celebrated with new monograph - 23/02/2014
UP celebrates the printed monograph as the pinnacle of scholarly work – a highly specialised work of scholarship that each academic is trained to dream of achieving.
This was the message that Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, conveyed at the recent launch of the book The Chemistry of Matter Waves by Prof Jan Boeyens, extraordinary professor at UP’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship.