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Tel: +27 (0)21 808 4775 / 3304
Email: email@example.com (Dr James Pryke, Programme Co-ordinator)
The Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology is dedicated to researching the preservation or restoration of ecosystem function, whether it be in natural landscapes (conservation) or in agriculture (entomology). The two disciplines combine into the fast-growing and important field of sustainable agriculture, which is a core research focus in the department.
In Conservation Ecology, we specialise in the conservation of plants, animals and fungi, which includes the conservation of the organisms themselves, their interactions with other species and the natural process across landscapes that allows them to persist. Major research thrusts are the functioning and ecology of plant and animal populations, and the complex living communities in the management of natural resources and landscapes. This includes the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of forest trees, natural grazing lands, game species, the prevention and control of invasive species, the management of species, ecosystems and environmental processes in both formal and private protected areas, especially those in human-fragmented landscapes, and the implementation of social learning institutions for the adaptive management of production landscapes. Research in this department also focuses on integrating conservation into agriculture. This involves researching ecosystem services processes such as pollination, nutrient cycling, water filtration and the promotion of natural enemies of pests to create sustainable farming systems that will be able to deliver long-term food and water security.
The applied research focuses mainly on the integrated management of mite and insect pests and the concepts, rationale and application thereof, especially to deciduous fruit, fruit fly management in the fruit industry, post-harvest entomology and plant nematological pests. Biocontrol through insects and nematodes is core to our applied entomological research. Basic research is done on morphology and systematics, especially on Lepidoptera, and the physiology and ecology of fynbos insects. The Department houses an extensive collection of insects for study. We also research terrestrial insects and their environmental adaptations, including phenotypic plasticity, respiratory metabolism and gas exchange patterns, insect respiratory chemoreception, and physiological responses to oxygen and temperature
See general postgraduate information on these programmes. Visit the links below for Calendar information.
MSc in Conservation Ecology
PhD in Conservation Ecology
MSc in Entomology
PhD in Entomology
DSc in Entomology
MSc in Nematology
PhD in Nematology
MSc in Sustainable Agriculture