Professor Denis J Brothers
Prof Brothers is internationally recognized as an authority on the higher classification of the stinging Hymenoptera (wasps, ants and bees); his PhD work (published in 1975) established the system still generally in use.

He is involved in long-term systematic studies of various groups of wasps, including the description of various fossils. He has been President of the International Society of Hymenopterists, President of the International Palaeoentomological Society, and President of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.

 Quote:   "A valued reputation is founded on the results of dedicated thorough, precise, matured work, eschewing the temptations of quick publication through superficiality and carelessness".
Position:   Professor Emeritus
Qualifications:   PhD
Discipline:   Entomology
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5106
 Research Areas:   Biology and systematics of “lower” aculeate Hymenoptera (specially Mutillidae, Bradynobaenidae, Scolebythidae and Plumariidae), evolution and fossil record of Hymenoptera (specially Aculeata), principles and practice of biological systematics, and zoological nomenclature. 
Recent Publications:

  Brothers, D.J. 2011. A new Late Cretaceous family of Hymenoptera, and phylogeny of the Plumariidae and Chrysidoidea (Aculeata). ZooKeys 130: 515-542.

Brothers, D.J. 2006. Capítulo 54 Familia Mutillidae. In: F. Fernandez & M.J. Sharkey (eds), Introducción a los Hymenoptera de la Región Neotropical. Sociedad Colombiana de Entomología & Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. pp. 577-594.

Brothers, D.J. & A.P. RASNITSYN. 2003. Diversity of Hymenoptera and other insects in the Late Cretaceous (Turonian) deposits at Orapa, Botswana: a preliminary review. African Entomology 11(2): 221-226.

Brothers, D.J. & A.T. FINNAMORE. 1993. Superfamily Vespoidea. In: H. Goulet & J.T. Huber (eds), Hymenoptera of the World: An Identification Guide to Families. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Ottawa. pp. 161-278.

Brothers, D.J. 1975. Phylogeny and classification of the aculeate Hymenoptera, with special reference to Mutillidae. University of Kansas Science Bulletin 50(11): 483-648.

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