My eponymous Pierre M. Durand website is about my professional work and related activities. My working life is covered by the two avenues leading from this introductory page. The first is my work as a university professor in evolutionary biology. For information about this, use the Science tab. The second describes my activities related to medicine and pathology, for information about this, use the Medicine and Pathology tab.


The science pages include all the typical things scientists usually have on their research websites (details about their lab, books, publications, collaborators, etc). These pages cover my work in academia and some of the applied spinoffs. The pathology pages are less academic and include work in private pathology and medical-related publications. They also include some of my views on healthcare (particularly in South Africa, but also worldwide) and some of my public engagements (podcasts, newsletters, etc).


As with every other human on the planet, I have a unique story. To provide a sense of my intellectual background and development (from university onwards, prior to this it was patchy, to say the least) I give my academic qualifications and university affiliations below. I have not included any biographical content, but see the Opinions and Essays tab.


Academic qualifications

Science degrees: B.Sc (Zoology and Microbiology),

MSc (molecular evolution), PhD

Medical degrees: M.B.B.Ch (medicine and surgery) and

M.Med (clinical pathology)

Humanities degree: BA Hons (dramatic art)

Past and current university affiliations

(where I worked or studied)

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

(I am currently a reader in the Evolutionary Studies Institute)

The University of Arizona, Tucson

Kings College, London

Previous honorary appointments

1. Adjunct assistant professor, University of Arizona

2. Extraordinary senior researcher, University of the

Western Cape

3. Visiting scholar, KAVLI Institute, University of California

Santa Barbara

4. Visiting professor, University of Mauritius


One of the evolutionary processes we study is cooperation. We don't study insects but there is no better example of cooperation than these weaver ant nests, photographed in the iSimangaliso nature reserve. see more about weaver ants here: