South African Young Academy of Science

Tatenda Dalu

Tatenda Dalu

Dr Tatenda Dalu is a Lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga where he has the opportunity to interact with young upcoming scientists every day, and mentoring their scientific research development. Furthermore, he is STIAS Iso Lomso and TWAS Young Affiliate Fellow. He studied his BSc (2008) and MSc (2012) in Aquatic Ecology at the University of Zimbabwe before moving to Rhodes University for his PhD (2015) and Postdoctoral studies (2015–2017). To date, he has had 140 articles accepted peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 book chapters and has supervised 13 MSc and 1 PhD students to completion. He was made a Research Associate with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity due to his exceptional professional involvement and contributions to South Africa aquatic ecology research. Tatenda is an individual who values constant growth, personal development and embraces new challenges. He excels in team settings, learning much whilst also contributing towards team effort. His value for people, and personal and work ethic as well his knowledge and skills make him an exceptional research scientist. His research philosophy is centred on research excellence rather than specifically addressing fundamental or applied research, with the ultimate goal of bridging the gap between the two in the bigger picture. Furthermore, it is his opinion that collaboration is vital for the adequate development of an excellent career in research. Collaborations enable better quality work and facilitate the timely output of research.