Prof CA Matthee

CA Matthee

My Research Focus

The conservation of biodiversity is very much dependent on explaining the evolutionary patterns and processes associated with living organisms.  The African continent, and particularly also southern Africa, is known for a rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity that is associated with a complex landscape. This environment lends itself to test various hypothesis associated with evolution and speciation. By studying the interplay between life history, biogeography and ecology we address systematic uncertainties at all taxonomic levels using a variety of different molecular techniques. To advance our knowledge in this field we currently focus our research on:



1) Parasite-host codivergence at the phylogeographic and species level

2) Stock assessment and conservation of marine resources

3) Comparative phylogeography of terrestrial vertebrates

4) Evolution and systematics of free-living and parasitic arthropods


Prof CA Matthee




Evolutionary Genomics


Contact Details

Department of Botany and Zoology
University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602
South Africa
TEL: +27 21 808 3957
FAX: +27 21 808 2405