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Professor Bennett’s research investigates the ecological and physiological factors that affect the control of reproduction and
the evolution of sociality. Molecular approaches, together with innovative laboratory and field methods, are used to unravel the mechanisms by which evolution can shape change in socially occurring vertebrate species. The family Bathyergidae has turned out
to be an ideal model group for investigating the evolution of sociality and, as a consequence, contributes to the interdisciplinary efforts in the study of the causes and consequences of sociality.
Professor Bennett was made a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, and received the University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellent Postgraduate Supervision in 2016.
  Professor Nigel Bennett is in the Department of Zoology and Entomology and holds the UP Austin Roberts Chair of African Mammalogy and the SARChI Chair of Mammalian Behavioural Ecology and Physiology.
Professor Cornell’s work has looked at areas such as ethical humanism aimed at reviving black existentialism and radical constitutionalism to counter dominating historicism, imperialism and neo-colonialism. She has also researched female and racial subordination and liberalism post 9/11, particularly in the face of
wars in regions such as Afghanistan and Iraq. She founded the uBuntu Project in 2003 in the Western Cape, a project that promotes the status and importance of indigenous values and ideals across various areas of society. Her most recent work is on the contribution of African socialism to debates about economic justice.
  Professor Drucilla Cornell is Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence at UP and Distinguished Professor in Political Science at Rutgers University, US.
Professor Cowan has a primary interest in the microbial ecology of soil habitats, including hot and cold desert soils. For the past decade and a half he has worked at both ends of the biological temperature scale, studying psychrophilic microbiology of the Dry Valleys of Eastern Antarctica, and the thermophilic microbiology of the Namib Desert. He collaborates with local, national and international researchers on many other metagenomic projects, ranging from studies of the roles of microbial communities on agricultural crop
productivity, in sub-Antarctic peat bogs, to the development of human prostate cancers. His newest research programme is the development of a large consortium of researchers to undertake a landscape-scale survey (for the first time) of the microbial diversity of sub-Saharan African soils.
With two other members of his research team, Pedro Lebre and Pieter De Maayer, Professor Cowan published a review in the prestigious international journal Nature Reviews Microbiology.
  Professor Don Cowan is Director of the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, and of the Genomics Research Institute in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
As a phytomycologist Professor Crous’s main interest lies in the evolution and phylogeny of plant pathogenic fungi, especially Dothideomycetes, Diaporthales and Hypocreales. Understanding and defining species means that the importance of sex (recombination) cannot be ignored. His research has shown that many plant pathogens have both mating type genes, and may be having cryptic sex, which also has serious implications for disease control and rates of evolution. He is interested in intra- and interspecies variation, and
how this relates to host specificity and speciation. Professor Crous actively pursues integrating DNA data with morphology and ecology. In this regard he initiated MycoBank to capture all fungal names, and now links taxa to their DNA data, cultures, specimens and ecology.
Professor Crous was awarded Honorary Membership of the Mycological Society of India in 2016. He was also included in the list of highest cited researchers (Plant and Animal Science) by Thomson Reuters.
  Professor Pedro Crous is an Associate Professor in FABI, linked to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology and the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme. He is Director of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Professor De Wet’s research examines the legal consequences that the exercising of public power by international organisations such
as the United Nations and the African Union have for states and for those living in their territories. This includes the problems states face in implementing binding decisions of international organisations while giving due effect to other international obligations and constitutional principles of fundamental importance. She has
held various national and international editorial positions and is a
member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Development Policy of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, as well as of the General Council of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), and is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law of Bonn University.
Professor De Wet received the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities ‘Law as Culture’ Fellowship (October 2015 through July 2016).
  Professor Erika de Wet is Professor of International Law in the Faculty of Law and holds the DST-NRF SARChI Chair of International Constitutional Law in the Faculty of Law.
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