Lenin Dzibakwe Chari

‌Postdoctoral Fellow

Office: F11, First Floor, Life Science Building

PhD, Zoology, Rhodes University (2016)

During his PhD, Lenin studied trophic relationships in riparian areas. He utilized fatty acid and stable isotope markers to investigate the contributions of aquatic food sources to diets of web-building spiders and odonates in the Kowie River banks. Since completing his PhD, Lenin has switched his research focus to entomological biocontrol. He is currently working on an Australian funded project of identifying potential biological agents for Lycium ferocissimum, a native plant in South Africa, but a noxious weed in Australia. He enjoys conducting native range surveys for both plants and insects of biocontrol interest.

Research interests
  • Entomological Ecology
  • Biological Control of invasive terrestrial plants
  • Odonata Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Trophic Ecology in Riparian Areas
Recent publications

Chari, L.D., S. Moyo, and N.B. Richoux. 2018a. Trophic ecology of adult male Odonata. II. Dietary contributions of aquatic food sources. Ecological Entomology, 43(1), 15–27.

Chari, L.D., S. Moyo, and N.B. Richoux.  2018b. Trophic ecology of adult male Odonata. I. Dietary niche metrics by foraging guild, species, body size, and location. Ecological Entomology, 43(1), 1–14.

Moyo, S., L.D. Chari, M.H. Villet and N.B. Richoux. 2017. Decoupled reciprocal subsidies of biomass and fatty acids in fluxes of invertebrates between a temperate river and the adjacent land. Aquatic Sciences, 79(3), 689-703.

Richoux N.B., S. Moyo, L.D. Chari, L. Bergamino, L. Carassou, T. Dalu, J.W. Hean, L. Sikutshwa, S. Gininda, M. Magoro, G. Perhar, F. Ni, M.H. Villet, A.K. Whitfield, D.M. Parker, P.W. Froneman, G. Arhonditsis, and A.J.F.K. Craig. 2015. Connectivity through allochthony: reciprocal links between adjacent aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in South Africa. Water Research Commission Project K5/2186 Report, Pretoria. pp. 1–170. Final Published Report.

Dalu, T., P.W. Froneman, L.D. Chari, and N.B. Richoux. 2014. Colonisation and community structure of benthic diatoms on artificial substrates following a major flood event: a case of the Kowie River (Eastern Cape, South Africa). Water SA. 40(3): 471–480.

Tambara, E., T. Dalu, A. Murwira, S. Kativu, and L.D. Chari. 2013. Dynamics of fallow secondary succession pathways and prospects of ecosystem recovery in semi-arid agricultural landscapes. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa. 68(2): 133–140.

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