Dr Helen James is the current head of the Department of Freshwater Invertebrates. She oversees the curation of the collection, which is expanding at a rate of over 10000 specimens annually and currently stands at over two million specimens. Her research focus is in on the systematics and biogeography of Ephemeroptera (mayflies), an ancient lineage of aquatic insects. In addition to research and collection management, she is involved in outreach and teaching programs. She teaches aquatic entomology at undergraduate level at Rhodes University and supervises student project from third year to PhD level. The department is actively involved in outreach to school groups too. Helen is also the accreditor assessing the Eastern Cape biomonitoring (SASS5) practitioners.
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