A statement from Biological Sciences Department on the article on Black Students
The Department of Biological Sciences affirms the Science Faculty’s position regarding the Commentary by Nattrass (SAJS 2020: 116, 5/6). While academic freedom is a virtue we uphold, the study design and kinds of questions used in the opportunistic survey could antagonize the core purpose of the study. Furthermore, wildlife conservation and conservation biology were conflated with all fields of biological sciences. The Department is committed to addressing the complexities regarding attracting and effectively training black students.
Prof Muthama Muasya, Head of Department, 05/06/2020
The Department of Biological Sciences has more than 30 academic and 26 support staff, and trains more than 100 postgraduate, 30 Honours and 500 undergraduate students in fields of terrestrial and marine ecology, evolutionary biology and ecophysiology.