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Christopher Weldon

Associate Professor in Entomology, University of Pretoria

I lead the Flies of Economic Significance Research Group, which conducts research on the behaviour, ecology and physiology of flies (Insecta: Diptera) that affect human activities in southern Africa. Results from these studies inform sustainable management practices that can reduce reliance on pesticides, but may also facilitate the beneficial use of flies. My research simultaneously addresses important fundamental biological issues including tolerance of environmental stress and the fitness consequences of diet. I am currently the President of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor in Entomology, University of Pretoria
  • 2015–2018
    Senior Lecturer in Entomology, University of Pretoria
  • 2012–2014
    Lecturer in Entomology, University of Pretoria
  • 2010–2012
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch University
  • 2006–2010
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, PhD Biological Sciences
  • 2000 
    University of Newcastle, Australia, BEnvSc (Honours)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Role:
    Associate Professor in Entomology
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • South African Council for Natural Science Professionals

Research Areas

  • Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases And Weeds) (070603)
  • Invertebrate Biology (060808)
  • Comparative Physiology (060604)
  • Life Histories (060308)
  • Biological Adaptation (060303)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Animal Physiological Ecology (060806)