Based at the University of the Free State, Qwaqwa campus, Dr Bredenhand is the main researcher within the new Kokonyana research group. He is a numerical ecologist that focuses on the use of insects as bioindicators. Currently he is involved on research in the field of conservation ecology in association with Golden Gate National Highlands Park and applied entomology with the Agricultural Research Unit (Small Grain).
He has completed all his degrees at the University of Stellenbosch. Undergraduate he completed a BSc degree under the Science faculty, with main subjects in Entomology, Biodiversity & Ecology, Zoology and Botany. In the Agricultural facility he completed a direct Masters under Prof. Michael Samways with a project that looked at the effect of the Kleinplaas dam on the macroinvertebrate assemblages on the Eerste River, Jonkershoek.
Continuing within the conservation ecology & entomology department, he developed Biotope quality index for his PhD degree in Entomology. This index is a tool that can be used within conservation to determine the integrity of a biotope. Thus providing an index value that can measure success on a time scale during restoration processes, or identifying perturbational stress/disturbances on a spatial scale.
He also does research within Teaching and Learning with the University of the Free State scholars, with a focus on improving biology teaching. As lecturer he has won numerous prizes.
Agricultural Science Biodiversity Biogeography Biosphere Interactions Climate Change Biology Conservation Biology Developmental Biology Ecology Ecosystem Science Ecotoxicology Entomology Environmental Contamination & Remediation Environmental Impacts Food, Water & Energy Nexus Freshwater Biology Population Biology Soil Science Spatial & Geographic Information Science Zoology