School of Life Sciences

Dr Caswell Munyai

Senior Lecturer

Caswell Munyai is a Senior Lecturer (Invertebrate biology). His research interest is on Entomology (Myrmecology), macroecology, and community ecology. To date, he has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles (between 2012 – 2020), successfully supervised over nine honours, nine MSc, and one PhD student (between 2016 – 2020) to completion. His past and current postgraduate students conduct research on various community ecology topics and the impacts of alien invasive plants and their biological control. However, most of his students are now documenting biodiversity response to land-use change and related effects in the Kwazulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces of South Africa. His research also investigates the diversity and indigenous knowledge of edible insects in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo province of South Africa.

Research interests

Ant systematics and taxonomy

Determinants of ant diversity across environmental gradients and various land-uses

The role of competition in shaping communities

The roles of spatial and environmental factors in shaping communities across gradients


Biological control

Research profiles