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Honorary Research Associates

Dr Bjorn Backeberg, PhD Cape Town
Affiliation: CSIR, Nansen Tutu Centre
Research interests: Backeberg, principal researcher at the CSIR - works predominantly on numerical ocean modelling and data assimilation techniques, which are integral components in ocean climate research as well as ocean forecasting. One of his research objectives is to improve the ability to monitor and predict ocean state variables around South Africa up to the coast in support of maritime environmental activities and research. Read more


Dr Stewart Bernard, PhD Cape Town
Affiliation: CSIR
Research interests: Dr Bernard is a researcher at the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. Oceanographer, specialising in remote sensing of the ocean, Dr Bernard’s particular interests include multi-scale and -sensor marine observation, ocean colour, bio-optics and harmful algal bloom research. He is active in capacity building in Southern Africa, for example through participation in ChloroGINNF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans (NANO)EAMNet and other programmes.


Dr Natalie Burls, PhD Cape Town
Affiliation: COLA, AOES Dept., George Mason University, USA
Research interests: My research is focused on improving our understanding of the key processes determining Earth's climate and climate variability on a variety of timescales ranging from seasonal to decadal to much longer geological scales. In particular, I am interested in the climatic role of ocean general circulation, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and cloud dynamics. Read more


Dr Julie Deshayes, PhD Paris
Affiliation: French National Centre for Scientific Research, Laboratoire de physique des oceans (LPO)
Research interests: Research in physical oceanography in the perspective of understanding the role of the ocean in climate change. I am presently interested in the mechanisms of variability of the thermohaline circulation and its link with the formation of deep water in the North Atlantic. My intention is to use observations, theoretical results and numerical experiments in a comprehensive way. Read more


Dr Juliet Hermes, Phd Cape Town
Affiliation: SAEON (Manager of SAEON’s Egagasini Node for Marine Offshore Systems)
Research interests: Regional ocean modelling  Read more


Dr Marjolaine Krug
Affiliation: CSIR, Nansen Tutu Centre, UCT
Research interests: Agulhas Current, satellite oceanography, coastal and shelf circulation. 

Current research focuses on the dynamics and variability of the Agulhas Current as well as interactions between the Agulhas Current and the coastal and shelf regions. She works extensively with satellite remote sensing data such as altimetry, sea surface temperature or surface current information derived from synthetic aperture radars  Read more 


Dr Tarron Lamont
Affiliation: Oceans & Coastal Research, Department of Environmental Affairs
Research interests: Coastal oceanography, remote sensing, Upwelling systems, greater Agulhas Current system 


Dr Pedro Monteiro
Affiliation: CSIR
Research interests: CO2, Southern Ocean, lower oxygen, Upwelling system 

Understanding the coupled carbon-climate system in the Southern Ocean and the way that natural and anthropogenic CO2 fluxes in the Southern Ocean influence the long term trend of atmospheric CO2 - Understanding and modelling the incidence and variability of oxygen in shelf and oceanic systems and their ecosystem implications - Modelling the biophysical processes which start and maintain phytoplankton new production in upwelling and open ocean systems  Read more 


Dr Sebastiaan Swart
Affiliation: Univ. Gothenburg (Dept. of Marine Science)
Research interests: Ocean circulation, Gliders, Southern ocean, physical oceanography, measurements. 

My particular research interest includes upper ocean processes and air-sea-ice interaction and its associated role in biogeochemical processes. A current focus is on developing a better understanding in the Southern Ocean Marginal Ice Zone. To effectively observe these processes and regions require sophisticated observing techniques. I make use of autonomous vehicles, such as ocean gliders, to collect observations of the ocean’s surface and interior.  Read more