Christian Pirk is a Professor in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Christian received his “Staatsexamen in Biology and Mathematik” from the Technical University of Berlin – which was followed by his PhD from 2000-2002 under the supervision of Professor Randall Hepburn at Rhodes University (Grahamstown – South Africa).
Thereafter – he was a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Tautz’s group at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) after which he joined Professor Moritz’s group at Halle University (Germany) in 2004.
In 2005 he joined Professor Crewe’s lab at the University of Pretoria and in 2006 he was rated as one of the TOP50 German researchers in the field of Behaviour.
In 2009 he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Zoology and Entomology – two years later he was promoted to Associate Professor and he has been a full Professor since 2015.