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Masters Students 2019


Masters by dissertation in Ocean & Atmospheric Science


Aphiwe Mtetandaba

Thesis title: The provenance, spread and geographic extent of harmful algal blooms in the South African coastline.  

Supervisor/s: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi(Ma-Re / Dept. of Oceanography, UCT) , Dr. Stewart Bernard (CSIR) & Dr. Marie Smith (CSIR)





Ayanda Mpalweni

Thesis title: Characterising the seasonal response of the mixed-layer and the transitional-layer to the passage of storms in the Sub-Antarctic Zone

Supervisors: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi(Ma-Re / UCT) & Dr. Sarah-Anne Nicholson (CSIR)





 Heather Forrer

Thesis title: Identifying the drivers of the Subantarctic biological pump 

Supervisors: Dr. Sarah Fawcett(Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)


Website: The Fawcett LAB





 Jonathan Rogerson

Thesis title: Not all models are created equal: assessing parameterizations of iron dynamics in ocean biogeochemical models

Supervisor/s: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi(Ma-Re / Dept. of Oceanography, UCT) 







 Keneilwe Hlahane 

Thesis title: : A Remote Sensing Analysis of MERIS satellite data for monitoring Eutrophication in the Vaal River System

Supervisors: Prof. Chris Reason (Dept. of Oceanography, UCT), Dr. Mark Matthews (CyanoLakes(Pty)Ltd)






 Kurt Spence

Thesis title: Investigation of coarse and fine mode nitrogen aerosols in coastal and open ocean regions

Supervisor/s: Dr Katye Altieri(UCT) & Casper Labuschagne (South African Weather Services)





 Liisa Shangheta

Thesis title: Are the Prince Edward islands sentinels to climate change or is ocean variability influencing their state?

Supervisors:  A/Prof Isabelle Ansorge(UCT), Dr Tarron Lamont(DEA) & Dr Otto Whitehead(SANBI)







 Maria Ingreso

Thesis title: Investigating teleconnections between extreme events at the South African coastline and large-scale atmospheric drivers using machine learning. 

Supervisors: Albertus J. Smith(Univ. of Johannesburg), Christo Rautenbach(SAWS), Marcello Vichi(UCT), Rakhee Lakhraj-Govender( Tshwane Univ. of Technology)





 Mishka Rawatla 

Thesis title: Seasonal and intra-seasonal variability in the ocean flux of carbon dioxide in the sub-Antarctic zone of South Africa 

Supervisors: Dr. Katye Altieri (UCT)  & Dr. Pedro Monteiro (CSIR)







Nicholas Salonen

Thesis title: Using Numerical Models to Predict the Probability of Rogue Wave Occurrence in False Bay, South Africa

Supervisor/s: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi (Ma-Re / Dept. of Oceanography, UCT) & Dr. Christo Rautenbach (SAWS, Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)




 Nomvula Mpungose


Thesis title: Rainfall characteristics over the KZN region

Supervisors: Chris Reason (UCT)








 Raquel Flynn

Thesis title: Investigating the nitrogen cycle of the southern Benguela Upwelling system using the dual isotopes of nitrogen

Supervisors: Dr. Sarah Fawcett (Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)  & A/Prof. Julie Granger (Univ. of Connecticut) 

Website: The Fawcett LAB





 Ruan Parrott

Thesis title: Biogeochemical cycling, carbon export, and phytoplankton community dynamics across the Greater Agulhas Current System

Supervisor/s: Dr. Sarah Fawcett(Dept. of Oceanography, UCT) & Dr. David Walker (CPUT)






Sbongile Meyiwa

Thesis title: Simulation of Tropical Cyclone Fantala using WRF Model

Supervisor/s: Prof. Chris Reason (Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)






​​​​​​ Shantelle Smith

Thesis title: Ammonia/um cycling across the air-sea interface in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. 

Supervisor/s: Dr. Katye Altieri (Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)







 Sina Wallschuss


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 Wanjiru Thoithi


Thesis title: Rainfall Characteristics over the Limpopo and Rufiji River Basins

 Supervisor/s: Prof Chris Reason(Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)






Masters by dissertation in Physical Oceanography


 Ashleigh Womack

Thesis title: Atmospheric drivers of ice drift in the Antarctic marginal ice zone

Supervisors: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi(Ma-Re / UCT)  







 Belinda Nhesvure

Thesis title: Impact of ENSO on Coastal South African Sea Surface Temperatures.
Supervisor/s: Prof Mathieu Rouault(Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)

 Ehlke De Jong

Thesis title: Antarctic seasonal and inter-annual relationship between the Marginal Ice Zone extent and the total sea ice extent: Comparison of in situ ASPeCt observations and satellite passive microwave estimates

Supervisor/s: A/Prof. Marcello Vichi(Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)