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Associate Professor, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

Associate Prof. Glynis Cron’s research interests encompass the fields of plant systematics, evolution, biogeography and reproductive ecology. She obtained her PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where she currently lectures and undertakes research. She teaches courses on Plant Diversity, Evolution, Biosystematics, and Biogeography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has mentored Honours, MSc and PhD students.

Her specific research interests include genera in the Asteraceae, notably the Senecioneae; drivers of speciation in the Drakensberg Mountain Region and its role in the diversification of the flora of southern Africa and the Afromontane region, reproductive ecology of the African baobab (Adansonia digitata), Aloe species, the pepperbark tree (Warburgia salutaris), and Drakensberg endemic and near-endemic genera. She has also been involved in research into the origins, genetic diversity and reproduction of alien invasive plants, notably the pompom week (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) and the saltcedar (Tamarix species).


  • –present
    Associate professor, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2005 
    University of the Witwatersrand, PhD


SAAB Bronze medal 2006 - for best botanical PhD thesis in 2005