Research Group Leader

The Kokonyana Research Lab has a research focus on numerical ecology, population dynamics, conservation, and applied entomology. We concentrate our research on the use of insects as bioindicator species within the agricultural and conservation sectors, especially within the Afromontane regions. We aim to do research that contributes to the enhancement of agricultural production, while reducing negative impacts on the environment.  Most of the conservation research is done in Golden Gate National Highland Park, while for the agricultural research, we have affiliations with the ARC Small grain institution in Bethlehem. If interested in working on vectors, we have opportunities to work on projects at Pretoria National Zoological Gardens. We additionally are interested in running projects in insect taxonomy, genetics, physiology, and behaviour

Honours students


Nontlantla Radebe

Project title:

Comparing how different pitfall distribution patterns affect the capture efficiency of macro-invertebrates within an Eastern Free State Sandy Grassland

Elliot Mashiloane

Project title:

Examining the impact of mesofauna sampling and degradation on test results in standard soil extractions


Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531


Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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