Estherna Pretorius

PhD Student


Estherna Pretorius is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg. She is responsible for coordinating the first-year experience within the Faculty of Science. She is also the coordinator for the first-year seminar, which is presented to all first-year students studying in the Faculties of Science, Health Sciences, and Engineering and the Build Environment across two campuses (APK, DFC). Estherna teaches and manages the citizenship modules, which are part of the BSc programme.

She has completed her MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation (Determining the diversity of nocturnal flying insects of the grassland in the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve) and is currently registered for a PhD (Botany) with a specific focus on using DNA Barcoding to authenticate herbal products in which adulteration is taking place.

Estherna sees herself as adaptable, diligent, loyal and sociable. She prides herself on being able to clarify difficult content for students and those she teaches. In addition, she enjoys working with people, particularly when she can offer them assistance. Estherna’s passion lies within the research and education system and her work as a researcher and lecturer is of the highest standards.

Key Achievements

  • 2014 – 2017 Obtained PGCE (Cum Laude) and from 2015 Registered for PhD in Botany (UJ) which is currently in progress.
  • 2012 Completed an international qualification through the American Institution for Institutional Research (AIR) in Institutional Research and Data Analysis
  • 2011 Obtained MSc degree in Biodiversity and Conservation (UJ)
  • 2007 – 2008 Obtained BSc degree in Botany and Zoology (UJ) and BSc Honours degree in Biodiversity and Conservation (UJ)


DNA Barcoding
Authentication of Herbal Products

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