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Prof. Emese Bordy

Associate Professor


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: 181-198. doi:10.4435/BSPI.2017.12.

Sciscio* L, Bordy EM, Abrahams* M, Knoll F, McPhee* BW. 2017. The first megatheropod tracks from the Lower Jurassic upper Elliot Formation, Karoo Basin, Lesotho. PLoS ONE12(10): e0185941.

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 63: 441-465. doi: 10.4202/app.00377.2017

Sciscio*, L., de Kock, M., Bordy, E.M. and Knoll, F. 2017. Magnetostratigraphy across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in the main Karoo Basin. Gondwana Research 51: 177-192. doi: 10.1016/

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: doi:10.1080/08912963.2016.1267164

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 - doi: 10.1080/10420940.2017.1292909

Sciscio*, L.; Knoll, F.; Bordy, E.M.; de Kock, M.; Redelstorff, R. 2017. Digital reconstruction of the mandible of an adult Lesothosaurus diagnosticus with insight into the tooth replacement process and diet. PeerJ 5:e3054; doi: 10.7717/peerj.3054

Bordy E.M., Spelman* S., Cole D.I., Mthembi P. 2017. Lithostratigraphy of the Pietermaritzburg Formation (Ecca Group, Karoo Supergroup), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 120.2: 293-302 • doi:10.2113/gssajg.120.2.293

Muir, R.*, Bordy, E.M., Reddering, J.S.V.; Viljoen, J.H.A. 2017. Lithostratigraphy of the Kirkwood Formation (Uitenhage Group), including the Bethelsdorp, Colchester and Swartkops Members, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 120.2: 281-293 • doi:10.2113/gssajg.120.2.281

Muir, R.*, Bordy, E.M., Reddering, J.S.V.; Viljoen, J.H.A. 2017. Lithostratigraphy of the Enon Formation (Uitenhage Group), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 120.2: 273-280 • doi:10.2113/gssajg.120.2.273

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


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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, 2018
  • 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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