Research Interests

I am a palaeoecologist, specifically a palynologist, working on reconstructing South African palaeoenvironments.

My research field and interests include:

  • Palaeoenvironments of southern Africa
  • Palynology (pollen and non-pollen palynomorph analyses): fossil pollen (for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions) and modern pollen monitoring
  • Palaeoecology and its role in biodiversity and conservation biology especially pertaining to the Cape Floristic Region/Fynbos Biome
  • Climate change in southern Africa (specifically the impact of future climate change to ecosystems)
  • Palaeoclimatology and palaeooceanography
  • Physical environmental sciences – southern African geomorphology and geology
  • Geochronology: late Quaternary dating methods and modelling approaches
  • Stable isotope ecology and its application to environmental research
  • Remote sensing and GIS and their environmental applications