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T'Nielle Haupt

Thesis Title:Palaeo-environmental and palaeoclimatic signatures of key vertebrate footprint sites in the Lower Jurassic upper Elliot Formation of Lesotho

Supervisor: Dr Emese Bordy

Contact Details:
 Room 309, Geological Sciences
 Email:  hpttni001@myuct.ac.za

Research Interests:  sedimentology, palaeontology, palaeoclimatology

 

 


Miengah Abrahams

  Thesis Title:  Dinosaur tracking in the Early Jurassic Elliot Formation

 Supervisor:  Dr. Emese Bordy

 Contact Details:
 Room 507-3, Geological Sciences
 Email:  miengahabrahams@yahoo.com
 

 Research Interests:  Sedimentology, ichnology and chronostratigraphy

 

 

 

 


Yambi Dinis

 

  Thesis Title:  Sedimentary architecture of the late Mesozoic Oudtshoorn Basin

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Emese Bordy

 Contact details:  
 Room 5th floor, 507-4, Geological Sciences
 Phone:  +27 76 88 55 966
 Email:  dnsyam001@myuct.ac.za, yrdd_0723@yahoo.com

 Research Interests:  Onshore Mesozoic rift basins of South Africa and South African Mesozoic stratigraphy

 

 


Melody Fynn

Thesis Title:  Microseismic observations in the Karoo, Leeu-Gamka: An assessment of the kinematics and stress field of the Karoo

Supervisor/s:  Dr. Beth Kahle

Contact details:  
Room 407, Geological Sciences
Email:  fynmel001@myuct.ac.za

Research Interests: Hydrocarbons, seismology, neotectonics

 

 

 

 


Bianca Harrison

  Thesis Title:  Resolving the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary:  Micropalaentology and sedimentology of the Vanrhynsdorp Group, South Africa and the Vestertana Group, Finnmark, Norway

  Supervisor/s:  Dr. Emese Bordy (UCT), Dr. Wendy Taylor (UCT) and Assoc. Professor Anette Högström (Tromsø University Museum, UiT)

 Contact details:
 Room 302, Geological Sciences
 Email:  Bianca.Harrison@alumni.uct.ac.za

 Research Interests:  Micropalaeontology, sedimentology and palaeoclimatology
 

 

 


Leslie Huang

Thesis Title: Pre-Rift evolution of Malawain high-grade basement rocks

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Johann Diener

Contact details:
Room 309, Geological Sciences
Email:  hngles002@myuct.ac.za

Why I study Geology: 'Geology is love, geology is life.' 
 

 

 

 

 


Michael Kirchner

Thesis Title:  Geochemistry and petrogenesis of olivine melilitites from Namaqualand, South Africa​

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Phil Janney

Contact details:
Room 407, Geological Sciences
Cell: +27 (0)79 567 9440
Email:  mdkirchner@googlemail.com

Research Interests:  Igneous petrology of alkaline rocks
 

 

 


Manoka Marageni

 Thesis Title:  An investigation of rare earth element enrichment processes in diatremes and related carbonatites in Saltpeter Kop, NC

 Supervisor/s:  Drs. Philip E. Janney and Lynnette Greyling

 Contact details:
 Room 302, Geological Sciences
 Cell: +27 (0)76 867 7224
 Email:  roxly@live.com 

 Research Interests:  Igneous petrology and geochemistry

 

 

 

 


Kwenidyn Mulder

Thesis Title:  O-isotope zonation in quartz phenocrysts as a tool to understand the evolution of felsic magmas​ at Koegelfontein, Northern Cape

Supervisor/s: Professor Chris Harris

Contact details:
Room 407, Geological Science
E-mail:  mldkwe001@myuct.ac.za 

'Geology is a universal science which interlinks every other branch of science, and uses the best instrumentation that modern technology has to offer.'
 

 


 


Lisias Negonga

 

  Thesis Title:  The Origin and Formation of the Albitite Marker, Otjikoto Gold Mine, Central Namibia

  Supervisor/s:  Dr. Lynnette Greyling and Professor Chris Harris

  Contact Details:
  Room 407, Geological Science
  Email:  Lisias.Negonga@alumni.uct.ac.za

  Research Interests:  Economic geology

  Organisations:  Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

 

 


Camille Olianti

Thesis Title:  A low-d18O hydrothermal breccia from the Koegel Fontein Complex, South Africa

 Supervisor:  Professor Chris Harris

 Contact details:
 Email:  camille.olianti@gmail.com

Research Interests: Geochemistry, environmental geochemistry, hydrogeology, igneous petrology and economic geology

 Why I love geology: Geology gives me the immensity of time. It is a constant reminder of our ephemeral time on Earth and that we should fully and cheerfully live the little time we have.

 


Melissa Oosthuizen

Thesis Title:  Mapping and modelling marine and river terraces throughout southern Africa

 Supervisor:  Dr. Beth Kahle

 Contact details:
 Room - Geological Sciences
 Email:  melissa.oosthuizen@alumni.uct.ac.za

Research Interests: Marine geology and associated coastal phenomenon including pelletal phosphorite sediments from Southern Africa; geomorphological markers; Geodynamics, malacology and micropaleontology.

 

 

 

 


Chelsea Rebelo

Thesis Title:  Geochemistry and stable isotopes of layered kyanite-bearing xenoliths from Roberts Victor kimberlite, Kaapvaal Craton

Supervisor/s:  Professor Steve Richardson, Dr. Beth Kahle and Professor John Gurney

Contact details:
Room 309, Geological Science,
Email1: rblche001@myuct.ac.za

LinkedIn:  Chelsea Rebelo
​ResearchGate:  Chelsea Rebelo
Blog:  http://talkgeosci.wordpress.com


Organisations:
Postgrad Science Students' Council- Administration
GSSA Western Cape Branch: UCT, Departmental Representative

 


Megan Runds

 

 Thesis Title:  Sedimentology and depositional environment of a marine target in southern Namibia: 3D stratigraphic architecture and alluvial diamond potential

Supervisor/s:  Dr. Emese Bordy

Contact details: 
Room 309, Geological Science
Email: 

 

 

 

 


Ellwin Shiimi

 Thesis Title:  The Contrast In Composition, Geothermal Gradient And The Extent Of Mantle Metasomatism In The Proterozoic Subcontinental Lithospheric Mantle Beneath The Namaqua-Natal And Rehoboth Province Of Southern Africa: An Investigation Of Garnet And Spinel Peridotites.

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Phil Janney

 Contact details:
 Room 302, Geological Science
 Email:  ellwin.shiimi@alumni.uct.ac.za

 

 

 

 


Travis Smithard

Thesis Title:  Tectonic and structural evolution of the Southern Outeniqua Basin, constrained by the interpretation of industry 2D seismic data​

Supervisor/s:  Dr. Beth Kahle

Contact details:
Room 407, Geological Science
Email:  SMTTRA009@myuct.ac.za

'My passion in geology is for the exploration and exploitation of both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon energy sources'

 

 


Chris van der Linde

 Thesis Title:  Sediment supply patterns and process in the Enon Formation, Gamtoos Bains, Eastern Cape South Africa

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Emese Bordy

 Contact details:
 Room 507-2, Geological Science
 Email:  chrisvdl91@outlook.com

 Research Interests:  The Stratigraphy of the high energy Mesozoic sediments of South Africa