Professor Kevin Kirkman graduated from the University of Natal with a PhD in Grassland Science. He worked as a researcher for the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture for 9 years, involved in research in veld management. He then joined Clover for 2 years as a pasture advisor in the dairy industry. In 2001 he joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal as Professor of Grassland Science, and has continued his research in veld ecology and management.
He has also been the Head of the School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture and is currently the Dean of Research for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ecology and functioning of natural and modified grasslands and savannas in both agricultural and conservation environments, including general vegetation ecology with a focus on vegetation-animal-fire-environment interactions in grassland and savanna areas and restoration of disturbed landscapes.