Senior Research Fellow

Nelson Mandela University


DPHIL (2013)

Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

Thesis title: Late Quaternary palaeoenvironments of the southern Cape, South Africa: palynological evidence from three coastal wetlands                                                                                 

MSC (2008)

Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

Thesis title: Late Quaternary vegetation history and palaeoenvironments of the Cederberg mountains, South Africa: evidence from hyrax (Procavia capensis) middens

BSC Honours (2006)                    

Environmental and Geographical Science (Physical Geography specialisation), University of Cape Town

BSC (2005)

Environmental and Geographical Science and Ocean and Atmospheric Science, University of Cape Town

Selected Professional Academic Experience

Vice-President International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)
(2020 – Present)

President of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research (SASQUA)
(2019 – 2022)

Senior Research Fellow
(2018 – Present)
Through my appointment as a Research Fellow within the African Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience at Nelson Mandela University I have established a new, state-of-the-art palaeoecology laboratory and am in the process of developing my own research agenda relating to reconstructing South African palaeoenvironments, with a key focus on the vegetation history and past climate dynamics of the Cape Floristic Region.

Post-doctoral Researcher
(2016 – 2018)
Postdoctoral fellowship (palynological specialisation) within RAiN II (Regional Archives for Integrated Investigations Phase Two).

Post-doctoral Researcher
(2014 – 2015)
Postdoctoral fellowship (palynological specialisation) within the international project RAiN (Regional Archives for Integrated Investigations Phase One). RAIN, a German Government funded research project, involved the interdisciplinary investigations of climate evolution and environmental dynamics along the southwest African coastline during the late Quaternary. Included formal research visits to Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena Institute of Geography, in Germany.

Marketing and Communications Work

Twitter and Facebook account management: I manage several accounts including @NMU_Palaeolab, @INQUA, @SASQUA1 and @Palaeo-DCN

Website creation and management: I manage and create content for several websites including;; &