Prof Christopher Weldon

University of Pretoria
Department of Zoology and Entomology

Associate Professor - Applied and Physiological Entomology
Programme Leader: Insect Pests


Human health and livelihoods often intersect with the activities of insects. Using a foundation in insect behaviour, ecology and physiology, my research aims to address these interactions, whether negative or beneficial, with a focus on flies. Results from these studies inform sustainable management practices that can reduce reliance on pesticides, but may also facilitate the beneficial use of flies. My students and I pursue projects on the traits that make fruit flies destructive and invasive pests, the biology and management of mosquitoes and other blood-feeding flies that affect human and animal health, and the use of flies for bioconversion of organic waste to promote a sustainable, circular economy.