I am an enthusiastic researcher and dedicated conservationist with a suite of skills in many disciplines of science and business. My field of research is molecular biology with an enthusiasm towards marine mammals, and I am interested in understanding the evolutionary processes that generate patterns of genetic diversity using biogeographic and phylogenetic approaches. I have always been fascinated by the marine environment and have aspired to become directly involved in marine scientific research. I first obtained that opportunity during my MSc, where I was involved in several team projects on the conservation genetics of rock lobsters. Although I have been working in research related areas since that time, I have only recently gained the opportunity to become an active researcher in the marine field as a PhD candidate. My dissertation work focussed on conservation genetics of the Heaviside’s dolphins which is endemic to the southwest coast of southern Africa.
Summary of Work:
2009 – 2014: University of Pretoria, PhD: “A genetic study of Cephalorhynchus heavisidii and Tursiops aduncus (inshore dolphin species) located along the west/east coast of South Africa.”
July 2009 – August 2009: Global Fellowship Programme at Duke Marine Lab, USA – Conservation Biology and Policy and Marine Mammal Course.
2007 – 2014: Scientist/DNA and Tissue Bank Manager, South African National Biodiversity Institute.
2004 – 2007: Stellenbosch University, MSc: “The Evolutionary History and fine scale Genetic Population Structure of southern African Palinurus delagoae.”
2006 – 2007: Product Specialist, Laboratory and Scientific Equipment Company (LASEC).
2005 – 2006: Research Assistant, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
September 2004 – October 2004: Research Assistant, DR. Fridtjof Nansen (INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH, NORWAY) – Hake Assessment from Walvis Bay to Cape Town.
November 2002 – February 2003: Research Assistant, University of the Western Cape: Robben Island Sewage Pipeline Baseline Survey (Macrofauna and Meiofauna) and Operational Survey, Robben Island Sewage Pipeline Survey – Sub-sampling and completing a Database on Copepods.
November 2001 – December 2001: Research Assistant, University of the Western Cape: De Beers Marine Survey of Macrofauna Identification.