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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.


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

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'