Welcome to the School of Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Life Sciences, which is located on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses. The School has a staff complement of 144 academic and support staff; houses approximately 1600 undergraduate students; and boasts a postgraduate component of 514, engaged in Honours, Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral research.

CAES Catch-Up newsletter

This newsletter details activities, events and news from the college from the first semester of 2021.

Open Day Information

Take a look at all the information that was discussed at our virtual Open Day webinar.

Fishy Behaviour Discussed at International River Connectivity Conference

Dr Céline Hanzen, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Life Sciences’ Centre for Functional Biodiversity (CFB) presented a talk at the international Fish Passage Conference on research on telemetry for management and conservation, waterway connectivity and fish passage. Hanzen was invited to discuss the development of fish behavioural research in South Africa for management and conservation at the online

Postdoctoral Researcher Takes on the Scourge of Marine Litter

Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Health Sciences, Dr Refilwe Mofokeng has made a name for herself in marine conservation through her research, advocacy and organising of beach clean-ups, and her efforts have not let up despite the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a background in marine and estuarine ecotoxicology, Mofokeng is a scientist