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The University Research Office is based at the Govan Mbeki building on Westville campus

The University of KwaZulu-Natal currently has more than 250 post-doctoral fellows

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Prominent academic and researcher Professor Steve Johnson of the School of Biological and Conservation Sciences was awarded the Research Chair in Evolutionary Biology for a five-year period.

His research in the field of evolutionary biology focuses on plant pollinator interactions. The interactions between flowers and their pollinators are not only important for seed production of wild plants and crops but have also been instrumental in the evolution of the spectacular diversity of the world’s flowering plants. He has recently developed a strong interest in the role of floral volatiles in mediating specialized plant-pollinator interactions, and has established a state-of-the-art laboratory for the study of chemical clues used by plants to attract insect pollinators.

Johnson has contributed significantly to the understanding of the evolutionary diversification of plants in southern Africa and also the ecological requirements that plants have for their reproduction Johnson has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, co-authored two books, and has also written many popular science articles.

He is currently on the editorial boards of two international journals, Oecologia and Arthropod-Plant Interaction, and was guest editor for a special edition of the South African Journal of Botany in 2009. He received the National Research Foundation (NRF) President's Award in 1999 and currently holds an A-2 rating from NRF.

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