Benjamin Miller

 Junior Researcher – water weeds

F10, First Floor, Life Science Building

BSc (Hons), Entomology (with distinction), Rhodes University (2016)
MSc, Entomology (with distinction), Rhodes University (2018)

Benjamin completed his MSc on the Post-Release Evaluation of Megamelus scutellaris Berg. (Hemiptera: Delphacidae): A biological control agent of water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms-Laub (Pontederiaceae) in South Africa. He currently spends his time in the field on various water weed projects, or at the Waainek facility working on new ways to make mass rearing more efficient and effective. 

Research interests

  • Biological control of weeds
  • Insect anatomy and physiology
  • Plant-insect interactions


Miller, B.E., Coetzee, J. and Hill, M. 2019. Chlorophyll fluorometry as a method of determining the effectiveness of a biological control agent in post-release evaluations. Biocontrol Science and Technology. doi: 10.1080/09583157.2019.1656165

Miller, B.E.; Coetzee, J.A.; Hill, M.P. 2020. Mind the gap: the delayed recovery of a population of the biological control agent Megamelus scutellaris Berg. (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) on water hyacinth after winter. Bulletin of Entomological research. DOI:


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