Department of Zoology – Faculty of Science & Agriculture
Prof Cyrus joined UNIZULU in 1984 and is a Senior Professor and Head of the Department of Zoology and the Coastal Research Unit of Zululand (CRUZ). In 1987, Prof Cyrus established CRUZ as the Department’s research arm. He obtained his BSc and BSc Honours from University of Natal. In 1980, Prof Cyrus obtained his MSc (cum laude) for his work on the diet of a group of estuarine fish and in 1984 completed his PhD on the influence of water turbidity on the distribution of fish in the Lake St Lucia estuarine system. His research is focused on the ecology of estuaries with particular reference to Zululand estuaries and the Lake St Lucia estuarine system. Prof Cyrus is an internationally published researcher with 144 scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals, a book on bird distribution in KwaZulu-Natal and several chapters in other books. In addition he has been involved in 143 research reports produced by CRUZ and has presented his research results at 64 international and 73 national conferences and continues to supervise and mentor postgraduate students. In 2011 he received the Southern African Aquatic Sciences Society’s Gold Medal.