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Masters by dissertation in Ocean & Atmospheric Science (SEA 500W)


Zac Christensen

Thesis title: Madagascar's topography influence on Tropical Cyclones tracks in the Southwest Indian ocean

Supervisors: Prof Chris Reason(UCT)  Dr Ross Blamey(UCT) and  Dr Rondrotiana Barimalala.(UCT) 



Sean Evans

Thesis title: Influence of Changing Oceanographic Conditions on the Distribution of Top Predators in the Sub-Antarctic.

Supervisor/s: Prof Isabelle Ansorge(UCT)  Prof Nico de Bruyn(Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme (MIMMP)  Dr Anne Treasure



Eesaa Harris

Thesis title: Thermocline hydrography and its links to biogeochemistry in the Mozambique Channel

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Fawcett(UCT)

Website: The Fawcett LAB




Sonia Heye

Thesis title: Surface Circulation in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight and its Impact on the Connectivity of Marine Protected Areas

Supervisor/s: Dr Marjolaine Krug, Prof Pierrick Penven(France), Mr Michael Hart-Davis, Prof Mathieu Rouault(Nansen-Tutu Centre, UCT)



Magata Mangatane

ThSea-ice thickness distribution in the Atlantic sector of the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone from satellite data: Seasonal analysis and validation in the Eastern Weddell Seaesis title: 

Supervisor/s: A/Prof Marcello Vichi(MaRIS, UCT) 




Kelcey Maewashe

Thesis title:

Supervisor/s: Prof Isabelle Ansorge(UCT)




 Joshua Mirkin

Thesis title:  Meltwater, circulation and biological processes adjacent to Larsen C Ice Shelf

Supervisor/s: Dr Sarah Fawcett(UCT) and A/Prof Adam West

Website: The Fawcett LAB



Nomvula Mpungose

Thesis title: Rainfall characteristics over the KZN region

Supervisors: Prof Chris Reason (UCT)





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(MaRIS, UCT)   Dr Stewart Bernard (CSIR)   Dr Marie Smith (CSIR)





 Sitraka Nandrianina

Thesis titile: Tropical cyclone prediction with machine learning

Supervisor/s: Prof Chris Reason(UCT) and Dr Rondrotiana Barimalala(UCT)




Kirstin Petzer

Thesis title: Marine heat waves in the Southern Benguela

Supervisor/s: Dr Tarron Lamont and Prof Mathieu Rouault(NANSEN-TUTU Center)




 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)

Website:  The ALTIERILAB



Sive Xokashe

Thesis title: Atmospheric Aerosols?

Supervisor/s: Dr Katye Altieri(UCT) 

Website:  The ALTIERILAB




Masters by dissertation in Physical Oceanography (SEA 5001W)


 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)



Benjy Oliver

Thesis title: The role of large-scale modes of climate variability in the Southern African wave climate

Supervisor/s: Dr Jennifer Veitch(SAEON)  Prof Chris Reason(UCT)




Tesha Toolsee

Thesis title: Interannual variability and long-term trends of surface hydrography around the Prince Edward Island Archipelago, Southern Ocean

Supervisor/s: Dr Tarron Lamont and Prof Mathieu Rouault(NANSEN-TUTU Center)




Applied Ocean Sciences (minor dissertation) SEA 5012W

  • Lisa-Marie Auditore
  • Zanele Binase
  • Bongiwe Jojo
  • Nkululeko Memela
  • Neha Ramsarup
  • Malwase Shingange
  • Sizwekazi Yapi