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Martin Giger

Thesis Title: Trace element based thermobarometry for peridotite xenoliths from the Kaapvaal craton

Supervisor: Dr Phil Janney

Contact details

Room 309, Geological Sciences Building


   Research interests: geochemical evolution of the mantle, geochemistry and ore geology 


Mhairi Reid

Thesis Title: Ichnology of vertebrate tail ichnosites in the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic of southern Africa

Supervisor: Dr Emese Bordy

Contact details

Room 309, Geological Sciences Building


Research interests: Sedimentology, palaeontology and palaeoclimatology 



Eugene Bergh

Thesis Title:  Quaternary foraminifera from the western continental margin of southern Africa

 Supervisor:  Associate Professor John Compton

 Contact details:
 Room 4th floor, Sedimentology Lab, Geological Sciences
 Cell: +27 (0)21 467 7236

 Research Interests:  Neogene and Quaternary palaeoenvironmental evolution around the southern African continental margin

 Organisations:  Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA), Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research, Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA



Claire Geel

  Thesis Title:  Diagenesis and gas potential of the organic-rich black shales, lower Ecca Group of the Karoo Supergroup

 Supervisor:  Dr. Emese Bordy

 Contact details:
 Room 507-5, Geological Sciences
 Phone:  +27 74 752 4860

 Research Interests:  Karoo shale gas, sedimentology, geochemistry and petrophysics




William Krummeck

Thesis Title:  Digital assessment of non-marine trace fossils in the Karoo Supergroup, South Africa

Supervisor/s:  Dr. E.Bordy

Contact details:
Room 503, Geological Science
Ph: +27 (0)21 650 2913





Rob Muir

  Thesis Title:  Stratigraphic Framework of the Kirkwood Formation in the southern Cape region, South Africa: Invertebrate-based biostratigraphy and zircon geochronology

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Emese Bordy

 Contact details:
 Room 507-3, Geological Science





B. Jaziel Nkere

Thesis Title:  Kimberlites, megacrysts and peridotitic minerals from southern and central Africa: Gechemistry, petrology and diamond exploration

Supervisor:  Dr. Philip E. Janney

Contact details:
Room 302, Geological Sciences
Cell: +27 (0)72 535 7122

Research Interests:  Kimberlites and megacrysts, hydrothermal gold mineralisation



Yemi Ogungbuyi

  Thesis Title:  The geochemistry of carbonatites from western South Africa and southern  Namibia

  Supervisor/s:  Dr. Philip Janney and Professor Chris Harris

  Contact details:
  Room 606, Geological Science
  Ph: +27 (0)84 342 5090

  Research interests:  Petrology of carbonatites, rare earth mineralisation



Ágnes Ódri

  Thesis Title:  Oxygen isotope implications for the magma origin of granitic rocks from the Ditrău Alkaline Massif (Eastern Carpathians, Romania)

  Supervisor/s:  Professor Chris Harris and Dr. Petrus Le Roux

  Contact details:
  Room 303, Geological Science
  Ph: +27 21 650 2931

  Research interests: 



Simon Schorn

 Thesis Title:  Causes of high-temperature metamorphism in the Namaqua Metamorphic Complex, southern Africa

 Supervisor/s:  Dr. Johann Diener

 Contact details:
 Room 309, Geological Science
 Ph:  +27

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 Interests:  Metamorphic petrology and thermodynamic modelling



Sichumilesanda Spelman

Thesis Title:  The Geological Library of the Main Karoo Basin: A Preliminary 3-D geo-model

Supervisor/s:  Dr. Emese Bordy

Contact details:
Room 503, Geological Science
Ph:  +27 71 491 8520

Interests:  Sedimentary basins (Karoo Basin), 3D modeling, GIS and remote sensing

Organizations:  Geological Society of Southern Africa, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers



Christel Tinguely

Thesis Title:  Geochemistry of circum-craton eclogite xenoliths from South Africa. Comparison to their on-craton counterparts

Supervisor/s:  Professor Anton le Roex

Contact details:
Rm 4.08, Geological Science
021 650 2908