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UMP currently has 7 NRF Rated Researchers: Three C2 rated researchers, three C3 rated researchers and a Y2 rated researcher. “For more information on the NRF ratings, visit the NRF website”.

Prof Victor Mlambo Programme Leader: Diploma in Animal Sciences, C3 Rated Researcher(2015 – 2020)

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Prof Victor Mlambo, Professor in the School of Agricultural Sciences is an Animal Scientist specializing in Animal Nutrition and related disciplines such as nutritional physiology, meat science and animal welfare. He has carried out such investigations on cattle, sheep, goats, broilers, layers, indigenous chickens, Japanese quails and fish. He is an Editor of Animal Feed Science and Technology journal published by Elsevier; an Associate Editor for the South African Journal of Animal Science and Associate Editor for the Botswana Journal of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. 

Dr Mduduzi Ndlovu Programme Leader: Diploma in Nature Conservation and Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation , C2 Rated Researcher(2020 - 2025, Y2: 2015 - 2019)

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Dr Mduduzi Ndlovu, Senior Lecturer at the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, is a an Animal ecologist. He is intrigued by a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in ecology and conservation. He applies the "animal habitat tracking adaptation" theoretical framework to understand individual and population level animal decisions and how these relate to life history strategies, disease risk, habitat structure and environmental variability. His approach is to unravel the bigger picture in Afrotropical animal adaptations. He is a "Systems thinker" who takes a holistic approach to animal adaptation analysis and focuses on the way that several animals (birds, mammals, and insects), regardless of species, interrelate to solve the problem of survival within the context of a changing environment.

Dr Julia Giddy Lecturer School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Y2 Rated Researcher(2015 - 2020)

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Dr Julia Kathryn Giddy is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Mpumalanga and a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. She completed her undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences and History at the University of Michigan and her BSc Honours, MSc and PhD in Geography at Nelson Mandela University. She subsequently completed two Postdoctoral Fellowships, in Geography and Tourism, at the University of Johannesburg prior to her appointment at UMP. The majority of her research has focused on human-environment interaction in the tourism sector, with a specialization in adventure tourism. She has also published significant work on the influence of extreme weather and climate change on South Africa’s tourism industry. Her more recent research, however, has focused on the tourism-poverty nexus, including the emergence of the gig/sharing economy in Africa.

Prof Tarombera Mwabvu Programme Leader: Bachelor of Science Degree , C2 Rated Researcher(2018 - 2023)

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Prof Tarombera Mwabvu, an Associate Professor at the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, focuses on taxonomy, faunistics and phylogenetics of flightless soil macroinvertebrates, and their response to habitat transformation. He has had research attachments at other institutions, including the Zoological Museum at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), the Royal Museum of Central Africa (Belgium), the Natural History Museum (Zimbabwe) and the University of Yaounde 1 (Cameroon). Besides his interest in research, he is passionate about mentoring younger people and reminding them that “it is not impossible

 

Dr Gordon O'Brien Senior Lecturer School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, C2 Rated Researcher(2020-2025)

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Prof Thoko Mayekiso Vice-Chancellor, C3 Rated Researcher(2013 – 2018 ; 2019-2024)

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Prof Thoko Mayekiso, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Mpumalanga and Clinical Psychologist, is a C3 rated scientist. She was initially rated C3 from 2013-2018 and was re-rated for the period 2019-2024. Prof Mayekiso received her MA from the University of Fort Hare and a D Phil in Psychology from the Free University Berlin in Germany. Her research interests include adolescent adjustment problems, HIV and Aids and community development. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Prof Daniel Parker Head of School: School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, C3 Rated Researcher(2017 - 2021)

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Professor Dan Parker, Head of School: Biology and Environmental Sciences is a wildlife biologist and his main research focus is terrestrial mammalian ecology, with particular interests in large carnivore biology and human-wildlife conflict. Professor Parker is an Associate Professor at the University of Mpumalanga and a Senior Research Associate of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Rhodes University. Professor Parker is a passionate teacher who supervises a large and vibrant school of post-graduate students.