Ph.D. Palaeobotany; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; RSA.
Ph.D. Plant Pathology; University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg; RSA.
B.Sc. Honours (cum laude) - Plant Pathology; University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg; RSA.
B.Sc. - Botany and Plant Pathology; University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg; RSA.
As a palaeobotanist working primarily in the Karoo Basin of South Africa, my research focuses on the Permian plant fossils of Gondwana, particularly the taxonomy of the glossopterids and their fertile organs, and also their biostratigraphic, biogeographical and temporal distributions. Active research topics include: taxonomic approaches to the classification of Glossopteris leaves and fructifications; floral turnover at the Permian-Triassic transition; the use of Permian floral elements as a biostratigraphic tool within the Karoo and peripheral basins; insect-plant interactions during the Permian, as evidenced by damage to plants in the fossil record; reconstruction of Permian ecosystems and food webs; the taphonomy of plant fossils and their physical interpretation, Cretaceous floras and palaeoenvironments of the Eastern Cape, the role of fire in the geological and palaeontological record. I am also interested inscientific illustration and fossil reconstruction techniques, and use digital techniques to reconstruct past environments.
As a science communicator at the Albany Museum, I am interested in effective science teaching methods, development of materials that support the local school curriculum, the impact of multilingual museum engagement and displays. Heritage conservation forms an important part of my work, and I engage regularly with the heritage resources authorities as an advisor and Council Member of ECPHRA.