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Hunter Edwards

Thesis Title: A major and trace element, HSE, and multi-isotopic investigation of the Lower Zone, Bushveld Complex

Supervisor: Dr. Geoffrey Howarth

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Research interests: Large Igneous Provinces, Layered Mafic Intrusions, planetary science, high temperature geochemistry, cosmochemistry, fluid inclusions


Katleho Mathafeng

Thesis Title: Geochemistry of the Tongo kimberlite dike, Sierra Leone

Supervisor/s: Dr Geoffrey Howarth & Associate Professor Phil Janney

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Research interests: Dimondiferous Kimberlites, Major & trace element analysis and isotope behaviour in transitional kimberlites.


Anton Viljoen

Thesis Title:The petrology and mineral chemistry of kimberlites from West Africa

Supervisor/s: Dr. Geoffrey Howarth; Associate Professor Phil Janney

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Room 309, Geological Sciences building

Research interests: Kimberlites, Diamonds, Kimberlitic indicator minerals, Mineral chemistry, Exploration

Backround: I obtained my undergraduate and honours degrees from Stellenbosch University and graduated in 2016. I worked for Remote Explorations Services (RES) from the beginning of 2017 until the end of 2019 as an Exploration Geologist. After gaining valuable experience in the exploration and mining industry I decided to pursue a MSc through UCT in 2020 to further my education.


Chad Peel

Thesis Title: Understanding the mantle water cycle: Correlating Hydrogen isotope, trace element and radiogenic isotope variations in hydrous minerals from the Saltpeterkop Complex, Sutherland, Northern Cape

Supervisor: Associate Professor Phil Janney

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Research Interests: Geochemical evolution of the mantle through the study of mantle xenoliths and megacrysts, trace and isotope (stable and radiogenic) geochemistry.







Fiona Clark

Thesis Title: Thermobarometry and geochemistry of peridotite xenoliths from the southern margin of the Kaapvaal craton, South Africa

Supervisor: Associate Professor Phil Janney

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Research Interests: Kimberlites, deep carbon storage, geochemical structure and evolution of the continental lithospheric mantle, diamond formation






Guy Salomon

Thesis Title: An investigation into the geomorphology of the Hebron Fault, Namibia, using a high-resolution digital elevation model

Supervisor: Dr Alastair Sloan


Research Interests: Tectonic geomorphology, high-resolution topography, active tectonics, seismology







Jessica Von Der Meden

Thesis Title:Palaeohydrology of Ga-Mohana Hill, Northern Cape, investigated through micromorphology and U-Th dating of tufas: relevance for Middle Stone Age occupation

Supervisor/s:Dr Robyn Pickering (Geology) and Dr Jayne Wilkins (Archaeology)

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Room 302, Geological Sciences,

Research Interests: Quaternary Geology, Palaeoclimate, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, U-series dating




Stelvio Vaz Sidre

Thesis Title:The Stratigraphic and Structural Controls on Copper-Gold Mineralisation at Cassenha Hill, within the Archean to Paleoproterozoic Angolan Shield, Congo Craton, South Western Angola.

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

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 Room 309, Geological Sciences

Research Interests:  I am interested in various aspects of  Economic Geology, mainly in the use of Fluid inclusions, Sulphide thermometry, and Geochemical studies in the characterisation of ore deposits; Understanding of the factors/processes that play a role in the genesis of copper, gold, critical metals and PGE deposits. I also have a particular interest in Petroleum Geology, more specifically in the formation evaluation and petrophysical characterization of hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Organisations : Society of Economic Geologists (SEG); American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); Golden Key International Honour Society.

Michael Kirchner

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

 Supervisor/s:  Associate Professor Phil Janney

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Room 407, Geological Sciences
Cell: +27 (0)79 567 9440

Research Interests:  Igneous petrology of alkaline rocks

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

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Room 309, Geological Science,

LinkedIn:  Chelsea Rebelo
​ResearchGate:  Chelsea Rebelo

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

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

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Room 407, Geological Science

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