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Masters 2020


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


Heather Forrer

Thesis title: Identifying the drivers of the Subantarctic biological pump 

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

Website: The Fawcett LAB



 Eesaa Harris

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

Website: The Fawcett LAB



 Sonia Heye





 Kelcey Maewashe






 Joshua Mirkin






Nomvula Mpungose

Thesis title: Rainfall characteristics over the KZN region

Supervisors: 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(Ma-Re / Dept. of Oceanography, UCT) , Dr. Stewart Bernard (CSIR) & Dr. Marie Smith (CSIR)



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)



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) 



 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)



Wanjiru Thoithi

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

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




Sive Xokashe

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Supervisor/s: Dr Katye Altieri(UCT) 



Masters by dissertation in Physical Oceanography (SEA 5001W)


 Wayne de Jager


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Ruth Farre

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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)



​​​​Belinda Nhesvure

Thesis title: Impact of ENSO on Coastal South African Sea Surface Temperatures.

Supervisor/s: Prof Mathieu Rouault(Dept. of Oceanography, UCT)




Benjy Oliver

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Tesha Toolsee

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Ashleigh Womack

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

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




Ocean Science (minor dissertation) SEA 5012W

  • Zanele Binase
  • Bongiwe Jojo
  • Anathi Manyakanyaka
  • Thando Mazomba
  • Nkululeko Memela
  • Jason O'Connor
  • Malwase Shingange
  • Sizwekazi Yapi
Liisa Shangheta

(MSc by dissertation))

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)