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Professor in Genetics, University of Pretoria

Jaco Greeff studied Zoology at the University of Pretoria and Rhodes University and was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck institute for Behavioural Physiology. He has been appointed in the Department of Genetics since 1999. Jaco's research focuses on the evolution of interactions, specifically during reproduction and between relatives. Initially he specialised in using mathematical and computer models to generate testable hypotheses of the types of behavioural patterns that should evolve. Now he also incorporates molecular and statistical techniques to test these ideas. His model organisms are fig wasps and humans. In the last few years he has been focusing on reproductive strategies and the genetic history of the Afrikaner population.

Prof Greeff has a B2 NRF rating


  • –present
    Professor in Genetics, University of Pretoria


  • 1997 
    University of Pretoria, PhD