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Dr. Emese Bordy

Senior Lecturer


​Room 501
Department of Geological Sciences​
Ph:  +27 (0)21 650 2901
Fax:  +27 (0)21 650 3783

Current CV 




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Sedimentology Research Group


  • Clastic sedimentology (esp. fluvial deposits)
  • Stratigraphy, sedimentology and palaeo-ecosystems of the Karoo in southern Africa
  • Paleozoic and Mesozoic basin evolution in southern Africa
  • Continental ichnology
  • Sedimentology of Karoo coal-bearing strata (outside the main Karoo Basin)

Latest Publications

*denotes postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers

Bordy, E.M., Abrahams*, M., Sciscio*, L. 2017.  The Subeng vertebrate tracks: stratigraphy, sedimentology and a digital archive of a historic Upper Triassic palaeosurface (lower Elliot Formation), Leribe, Lesotho (southern Africa). Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 56, i-xviii. In press.

McPhee, B.W.; Bordy, E.M.; Sciscio*, L.; Choiniere, J.N., 2017. The sauropodomorph (Dinosauria) biostratigraphy of the Elliot Formation of southern Africa: tracking the evolution of Sauropodomorpha across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary.  Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. In press.

Sciscio*, L.; de Kock, M.; Bordy, E.M.;  Knoll, F. 2017. Magnetostratigraphy across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in the main Karoo Basin. Gondwana Research. In press.

Abrahams*, M., Bordy, E.M., Sciscio*, L., Knoll, F. 2017. Scampering, trotting, walking tridactyl bipedal dinosaurs in southern Africa: ichnological account of a Lower Jurassic palaeosurface (upper Elliot Formation, Roma Valley). Historical Biology. 1-18. DOI:

Krummeck*, D.W., Bordy, E.M. 2017.  Reniformichnus katikatii (new ichnogenus and ichnospecies): continental vertebrate burrows from the Lower Triassic, main Karoo Basin, South Africa. Ichnos  DOI -

Bordy, E.M., Head, H.*, Runds, M.J.* 2016. Palaeoenvironment and provenance in the early Cape Basin of southwest Gondwana: sedimentology of the Lower Ordovician Piekenierskloof Formation, Cape Supergroup, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 119.2: 399-414. DOI:

Bordy, E.M., Sciscio*, L., Abdala, F., McPhee*, B., Choniere, J. 2016. First Lower Jurassic vertebrate burrow from southern Africa (upper Elliot Formation, Karoo Basin, South Africa). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 468, pp.362-372 DOI: 

Bordy, E.M., Abrahams*, M. 2016. Geochemistry of the Pronksberg bentonite in the upper Elliot Formation (Early Jurassic), Eastern Cape, South Africa. In: Linol B and de Wit M (eds) Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin: Geo-biohistory in a terrain with shale gas resources and need for conservation. Part of the series Regional Geology Reviews 8643: pp. 119-127.Springer Verlag.  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40859-0_12

Bordy, E.M., America*, T. 2016. Sedimentology of granite boulder conglomerates and associated clastics in the onshore section of the Late Mesozoic Pletmos Basin (Western Cape, South Africa). Journal of African Earth Sciences 119: 67-77. DOI:

Bordy, E.M., Krummeck*, DW. 2016. Enigmatic continental burrows from the Early Triassic transition of the Katberg and Burgersdorp formations in the main Karoo Basin, South Africa. PALAIOS 31, 389–403. DOI:

Sciscio*, L. Bordy, E.M., 2016. Palaeoclimatic conditions in the Late Triassic-Early Jurassic of southern Africa: a geochemical assessment of the Elliot Formation. Journal of African Earth Sciences 119: 102-119.

Sciscio*, L., Bordy, E.M., Reid*, M., Abrahams*, M. 2016. Sedimentology and ichnology of the Mafube dinosaur track site (Lower Jurassic, eastern Free State, South Africa): a report on footprint preservation and palaeoenvironment. PeerJ 4:e2285; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2285

Chukwuma*, K. Bordy, E.M., 2016. Spatiotemporal sedimentary facies variations in the Permian Whitehill Formation, main Karoo Basin. In: Linol B and de Wit M (eds) Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin: Geo-biohistory in a terrain with shale gas resources and need for conservation. Part of the series Regional Geology Reviews 8643: pp.101-110 Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40859-0_10

Bordy, E.M., Eriksson, P., 2015. Lithostratigraphy of the Elliot Formation (Karoo Supergroup), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 118.3: 311-316.

Bordy, E.M., Prevec, R., 2015. Lithostratigraphy of the Emakwezini Formation (Karoo Supergroup), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 118.3: 307-310.

Muir, R.*, Bordy, E.M., Prevec, R. 2015. Lower Cretaceous deposit reveals first evidence of a post-wildfire debris flow in the Kirkwood Formation, Algoa Basin, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Cretaceous Research 56: 161–179.

Reid. M.*, Bordy, E.M., Wendy, T. 2015. Taphonomy and sedimentology of an echinoderm obrution bed in the Lower Devonian Voorstehoek Formation (Bokkeveld Group, Cape Supergroup) of South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences 110: 135–149.

Smithard, T.*, Bordy, E.M., Reid, D. 2015. The effect of dolerite intrusions on the hydrocarbon potential of the Lower Permian Whitehill Formation (Karoo Supergroup) in South Africa and Namibia: a preliminary study. South African Journal of Geology 118. 4: 489-510.

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  • PhD, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2001
  • PGD in Higher Education (with distinction), Rhodes University, South Africa, 2006
  • MSc, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, 1998

Scholarships, Fellowships and Sponsorships Awarded

  • Merit award of the Faculty of Science: 2017
  • NRF - Competitive Program for Rated Researchers:  2012, 2015
  • NRF-DST Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • NRF - African Origins Platform: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
  • NRF Incentive Funding for Rated Scientists: since 2009
  • University of Cape Town, Faculty of Science (various grants): 2013, 2014
  • University of Cape Town Research Council: 2011
  • Rhodes University, Deputy VC (Research and Development) and Dean of Science discretionary grants: 2010
  • NRF South African-Hungarian Science and Technology Cooperation: 2007, 2008
  • Rhodes University, Joint Research Committee: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: 01-01-2002 - 29-02-2004
  • De Beers Doctoral Scholarship (fully funded): 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic: 1995, 1996
  • TEMPUS Scholarship (visiting student at the University of Reading, Postgraduate Research  Institute for Sedimentology, UK); 1996-97
  • CEPUS Scholarship (visiting student at the Jagellonian University of Krakow, Poland); 1995

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