Research Students and Projects

Students of the Whales and Climate Program 2018-2024

Griffith Uni (8)

PhD students:

Sarah McCulloch – The role of supplementary feeding for humpback whales on the east coast of Australia. 

Coni Fariello – Humpback whale distribution and environmental drivers.

MSc students: 

Jana Dujaric – Spatial and temporal habitat use of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in relation to vessel traffic in the Gold Coast Bay, Australia.

Giorgia Marzorati – Using photo ID to assess humpback whale habitat connectivity on the east coast of Australia.

Patrick Woletz – Abundance of humpback whales on the Gold Coast.

Hons students:

Jill Corey – Resident time and habitat usage in resting areas of humpback whales along the east coast of Australia determined by Photo ID.

Coni Fariello – Influence of climate drivers on humpback whale distribution in the Great Barrier Reef.

Georgia Boyde – Migratory patterns of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on the east coast of Australia: A temporal analysis using citizen science data.

CPUT (6) 

MSc students:   

Bianca Tree – Population structure and migration links of Southern African east coast humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) using photographic identification techniques. Thesis submitted and under examination.

Jeffrey Slater – The distribution of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, in Southern Ocean waters in relation to environmental parameters, 1978 to 2019.

Nokwazi Msweli – Seasonal distributions of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, off the west coast of South Africa, 2012 – 2020.

Antonia Immerz – Migration and reproduction of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales on the east coast of South Africa, UP.

Christopher Wilkinson – Estimation of the population changes in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating past Cape Vidal, South Africa, 1988 – 2019.

Bernard Nyamarebvu – Seasonality and distribution of cetacean species in the coast of South Africa evaluated from citizen science data, and the relationship with whale-watching activities.

UP (3)

MSc students: 

Sheroma Surajnarayan – Feeding ecology and body condition of humpback whales in South Africa

Lea Smith – Sexing and genetic interchange of humpback whales on the east coast of South Africa

Hons students:

Whale-watching industry in South Africa

Stellenbosch (17):

PhD students:         

Thapelo Ramalepe – Physical speciation of Iron and Manganese in the vicinity of Gough and Marion Islands, Southern Ocean.

Jean Loock – Bioactive trace metals Co and Cd in Atlantic sector of Southern Ocean.

Margaret Ogundare – CO2 Fluxes and ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean.

Ryan Cloete – Bioactive trace metals Cd and Zn cycling in Indian sector of Southern Ocean.

Natasha von Horsten – Insights into early winter Southern Indian Ocean dissolved iron distributions and remineralisation using excess barium.

MSc students:             

Miranda Sitofile – Seasonality of physical speciation of dissolved iron and manganese in the open ocean waters of the South Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean.

Andile Mkandla – Mo distribution in the African sector of the Southern Ocean.

Lide Jansen van Vuuren – Dynamics of dissolved iron in the marginal ice zone in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean.

Tara de Jong – Fluorescence detection of trace aluminium using a sequential injection analyser. 

Andile Mkandla – The distribution of dissolved molybdenum along the 30˚ E meridian (GEOTRACES Process Study (GIpr07)): First assessment of the factors affecting its behaviour in the African sector of the Southern Ocean.

Nadine Ellis – Seasonality of Cd and Zn along the South Atlantic zero meridian.

Honours students:

Alice Edwards – Particulate trace metals in the lower orange river: Suspended load and flux.

Nicholas Schapers – Trace metal distribution in coastal waters of the east coast of South Africa

Andile Mkandla – Trace metals in soils around Saldhana Bay as a source of coastal sediment contamination

Sage Grushenka – Trace metal contamination of coastal sediments in Saldhana Bay

Robert Boreham – Spatial distribution of trace metal ion concentrations along the South African coastal transect with emphasis placed upon lead.

Lide Jansen van Vuuren – Distribution of iron in the water column of the marginal ice zone.

UCT (12)

PhD students:

Riesna Audh – Ice observations and sampling during cruises

Ehlke Audh – Sea ice observations during cruises

Ayanda Mpalweni – Antarctic sea ice seasonality and its relationship with humpback whales’ and other marine mammals’ distribution.

Giles Fearon – Regional model development

Mark Hague – Southern Ocean model development

Jarryd Son – research assistantship for the development of SHARC buoys for sea ice tracking in the marginal ice zone

Magata Mangatane – support for the development of the Southern Ocean sea ice model

MSc students:

Keagan Petersen – Lagrangian biogeochemical modelling in the southern Benguela

Cayla de Souza – An indicator for supergroups prediction in the Southern Benguela

Mbali Mthethwa – Sea-ice habitat conditions for cetaceans during the IWC-SOWER campaign

Thando Mazomba – Assessment of early 20th-century climate model simulations of Antarctic sea ice using historical commercial humpback whale catch data.

Naadir Vorajee – research assistantship for the development of SHARC buoys for sea ice tracking in the marginal ice zone