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Bafana Gweba

Thesis title: Numerical modelling of wave-current interaction in the Agulhas current towards better sea-state information systems

Supervisors: Prof. Rouault (Nansen-Tutu, UCT), Dr Krug (CSIR)  & Dr Penven (IRD, France)





Belinda Monyela

Thesis title: The role of ENSO on southern African rainfall

Supervisor/s: Prof. Rouault (Nansen-Tutu, UCT)





Candice Hall

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Caroline Sejeng

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 Dedricks Morake

Thesis title: The intensification of mesoscale convective systems in the Mozambique Channel

Supervisor/s: Prof. Reason (UCT)  




Ehlke De Jong

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Faith February

Thesis title: Influence of Environmental parameters on aerosol size distributions in False Bay, South Africa

 Supervisors: Dr Altieri (UCT), Prof. Piazzola (Univ. of Toulon, France) & Prof. Alexander van Eijk (The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research)



Frieda  Geldenhuys

Thesis title: Intriguing Phytoplankton Dynamics: Incorporating additional carbon and ultrastructure components into the Equivalent Algal Population (EAP) and Inherent Optical Properties (IOP) models 

Supervisor/s: A/Prof Vichi (MaRe, UCT), Dr Bernard (CSIR)  & Dr Lain 






Giles Fearon

Thesis title: Predicting climate change impacts on phytoplankton blooms in the Benguela upwelling system using a coupled physical-biogeochemical model

Supervisors: A/Prof. Vichi (MaRe, UCT) & Dr Collins (SAEON)




Herman Luyt

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 Isabelle Giddy

Thesis title: Submesoscale processes in the Marginal Ice Zone of Antarctica

Supervisors: Prof. Ansorge (UCT), Dr Swart (Univ. of Gothenburg) & Dr Nicolsen (CSIR)




Jeremy Krawitz

Title: Remote Sensing of Eutrophic Systems

Supervisor/s: Dr Matthews (CyanoLakes), Dr Bernard (CSIR) & Dr Fawcett (UCT)

Website: The Fawcett LAB



Jessica Burger

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Website: The Fawcett LAB






Johan Stander

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 Kirsten Du Plessis

Thesis title: Upwelling along the Agulhas bank in relation to commercial fisheries data, modelled data, and hake stocks in the region of interest

Supervisors: A/Prof. Vichi (MaRe, UCT) & Robert Landman (I&J)




 Kolisa Sinyanya

Thesis title: Microbe nutrient interactions and microbial community dynamics in the South Atlantic Indian Ocean

Supervisor: Dr. Fawcett (UCT) 


Website: The Fawcett LAB




 Laique Djeutchouang

Thesis title: An Investigation of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Drivers of the Decadal Variability of the Seasonal Cycle of Air-Sea CO2 Fluxes in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors: A/Prof. Vichi (MaRe, UCT) ,Dr Pedro Monteiro(CSIR) & A/Prof. Francois Engelbrecht(CSIR, Wits Univ.)  



Louw Uys

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 Luca Stirnimann

Thesis title: Zooplankton and phytoplankton dynamics in the open Southern Ocean and surrounding the Subantarctic islands

 Website: The Fawcett LAB

Supervisors: Dr Fawcett (UCT) & Dr Tommy Bornman (SAEON), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)



Lynette Van Schalkwyk

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Marc deVos

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 Mark Hague

Thesis title: Mechanisms controlling phytoplankton phenology in the Southern Ocean: A modeling approach focussing on the role of sea ice

Supervisors: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi (MaRe, UCT)



Mhlangabezi Mdutyana

Thesis title: A seasonal comparison of the kinetics and biogeochemical implications of nitrogen uptake and regeneration in the Southern Ocean

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Fawcett (UCT) & Dr Thomalla (CSIR)

 Website: The Fawcett LAB



Oliver Moses

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Supervisor/s: Prof. Reason(UCT)




Precious Mahlalela

Thesis title: Rainfall Variability and Change over the east coast of South Africa

Supervisors: Prof. Reason(UCT) & Dr Blamey (UCT)




 Raquel Flynn

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 Riesna Audh

Thesis title: Physical and biogeochemical processes in the Atlantic sector of the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone: observations and modelling.

Supervisor/s: A/Prof Marcello Vichi (UCT), Dr. Sarah Fawcett (UCT) 

Website: The Fawcett LAB


Robyn Granger

Thesis title: Ground-truthing organic and inorganic palaeoceanographic proxies in the Benguela Upwelling System in order to reconstruct oceanic changes throughout the last glacial-interglacial cycle.

Supervisors: Dr. Sarah Fawcett (UCT) & Dr. Susanne Fietz (Stellenbosch University)

 Website: The Fawcett LAB




Ruan Parrot

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Serge Tomety

Thesis title: Coastal climate change and variability in the Benguela Current System

Supervisor/s: Mathieu Rouault(Nansen-Tutu, UCT) & Serena Illig (IRD, France)




Sina Wallschuss

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Shantelle Smith

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 1Shaveenah Taukoor

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Tamaryn Morris

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 Tanya Marshall

Thesis title: Investigating the Nitrogen Budget of the Subtropical South Atlantic Ocean

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Fawcett (UCT)

Website: The Fawcett LAB




Wade de Kock

Thesis title: An analysis of large summer rainfall events in the Western and Northern Cape

Supervisors: Prof. Chris Reason(UCT)