Dr John Midgley
Assistant Director


I am the Assistant Director: Natural Science, but I have a background in entomology, making my departmental research slightly skewed. After completing my PhD I was HOD of Entomology and Arachnology at the Albany Museum, before moving to the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in 2017. As well as overseeing the functioning of the department, I am involved in several research projects, both with local and international collaborators.

I have an interest in juvenile insects, working on both cicada nymph taxonomy and forensically important beetles with Prof Martin Villet at Rhodes University.

I have also joined up with the international PINDIP project, working on pollinating flies in South Africa, particularly in the eastern region (Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces). The project focusses on making data available for decision makers (conservation organisations, politicians etc.) and our complimentary research involves hoverflies in the genera Syritta and Eristalinus.


PhD Rhodes University 2009 - 2013

M.Sc. Rhodes University 2005 - 2007

B.Sc. (Hons) Rhodes University 2004

B.Sc. Rhodes University 2001 - 2003


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