South African Young Academy of Science

Tatenda Dalu

Tatenda Dalu

Dr Tatenda Dalu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Venda, where he has the opportunity to interact with young upcoming scientists every day, and mentoring their scientific research development. 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 78 articles accepted peer-reviewed journal articles and has supervised two MSc students to completion and is currently supervising 8 MSc and 1 PhD student. 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 which encompasses co-supervising and mentoring MSc and PhD students and collaborating in research projects. 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. This belief has motivated his initiative of being Co- or Principal Investigator in short and long-term research projects involving researchers from various institutions.