Centre for Coastal Palaeoscience


Prof. Rosa Albert

Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)

Discipline: Archaeology

Specialisations: Archaeological Prehistory, Paleovegetation and Paleolandscape Reconstruction

Interests: Use of plant resources by past populations, plant diet, fossil plant microremains (phytoliths)

W: https://www.icrea.cat/Web/ScientificStaff/rosa-maria-albert-cristobal-229


Prof. Rob Anderson

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Discipline: intertidal and shallow subtidal marine ecology 

Interests: diet of coastal foragers during the Middle Stone Age on the SA south coast




Prof. Marion Bamford

Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

Discipline: Palaeobotany

Specialisations: Palaeo-vegetation and climate change using proxies such as wood, leaves, seeds, charcoal, pollen and phytoliths.

W: www.wits.ac.za/esi

W: www.ancient-earth.co.za


Dr. Miryam Bar-Matthews

Geological Survey of Israel

Discipline: Geology

Specialisations: Geology, Quaternary Geology, Paleoclimate, Speleothem Research, U-Th Dating, Isotope Geochemistry

W: http://www.gsi.gov.il
W: http://blog.eag.eu.com/invited/speleothems


Prof. Rose Boswell

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Social Anthropology

Specialisations: Cultural Identity, Heritage Management and Heritage Politics



Dr Kerstin Braun

Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

Discipline: Geology

Specialisations: Geochemistry and Reconstruction of Palaeoclimates using Speleothems


Dr Hayley Cawthra

Council for Geoscience

Discipline: Geology

Interests: Sedimentary indicators of sea-level change, marine geophysics, seismic stratigraphy, evolution of continental shelves, ​carbonate diagenesis, submerged landscapes and human use of ancient coastlines 

W: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=z6bMFqsAAAAJ&hl=en


Prof. Richard Cowling

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Botany

Specialisation: Cape evolution


Prof. Naomi Cleghorn

University of Texas at Arlington

Discipline: Archaeology

Specialisation: Human adaptation and response to environmental change in the late Pleistocene

W: http://naomicleghorn.weebly.com/


Dr Mark Difford

Discipline: Analytical strategist

Specialisations: Analysis of complex environmental, ecological, and psychological/sociological data sets

W: https://za.linkedin.com/in/mark-difford-309b3a16


Prof. Francois Engelbrecht

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research: Climate Studies, Modelling and Environmental Health Group

Discipline: Climate modelling

Specialisation: Southern African climate variability and change

W: www.csir.co.za


Prof. Karen Esler

Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Stellenbosch University

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Cape Ecology

Interests: USO and other plant resources available to Middle Stone Age humans on the Cape south coast based on inferences from contemporary ecological patterns and processes

W: http://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=psTb5kgAAAAJ&hl=en

W: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/agri/conservation-ecology


Dr Erich Fisher

Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

Discipline: Archaeology

Specialisations: Archaeology and Archeoinformatics

W: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/1276646


Prof. Janet Franklin

School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Plant Geography

Interests: Modeling the past, present and future distributions of plant species, vegetation communities and biomes

W: http://geoplan.asu.edu/franklin

W: https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/vale-lab/

Dr Enrico Gennari

Oceans Research

Discipline: Zoology

Specialisation: Movement Ecology, in particular of apex predators

W: http://oceans-research.com/



Dr Charles Helm

Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, Tumbler Ridge

Disciplines: Palaeontology and Ichnology

Specialisation: Fossil trackways of the Cape south coast

W: http://www.prprc.com/



Dr Tineke Kraaij

School of Natural Resource Management, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Vegetation, Fynbos and Fire Ecology 


Prof. Julia Lee-Thorp

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Discipline: Palaeoanthropology and African Archaeology

Specialisations: Stable isotope ecology, Palaeodiet, and Mobility.

W: http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/JLT.html


Prof. Mandy Lombard

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Marine Spatial Planning

Specialisation: Marine Biodiversity Conservation

W: http://cmr.nmmu.ac.za/


Prof. Curtis Marean

Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University

Discipline: Anthropology

Specialisations: Origins of modern human behaviour, paleontology and palaeoenvironments

W: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/332669


Dr Gerrit Mars

Discipline: Medicine

Interests: Archaeology, Foraging Ecology of Hominins, Fundraising, Nature and Heritage Conservation



Dr Christina Mars

Interests: Preparation of veld food

Instagram: coastal_paleoscape


Dr Thalassa Matthews

Iziko South African Museum

Discipline: Palaeontology

Specialisations: Palaeonvironmental Reconstruction Using Fossil Microfaunal Assemblages

Interests: Taxonomy and taphonomy of South African fossil micromammal and frog assemblages.

W: http://iziko.org.za/static/landing/palaeo-micromammal-research-thalassa-matthews


Prof. Guy Midgley

Stellenbosch University

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Global Change Ecology and Plant Ecophysiology

W: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=maftA6oAAAAJ&hl=en


Dr Frank Neumann

Forschungsstelle für Paläobotanik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Discipline: Geology, Palaeontology

Specialisations: Palaeoecology & Palynology of Quaternary, Neogene and Paleogene sites in southern Africa, the Near East and Central Europe

W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Frank_Neumann2


Prof. Renzo Perissinotto

DST/NRF Research Chair in Shallow Water Ecosystems, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Zoology

Specialisations: Aquatic Ecology, Estuarine/Coastal Biodiversity, Food Webs and Ecological Functioning

W: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=iD0zYyoAAAAJ&hl=ja


Dr Alastair Potts

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Phylogeography, Distribution Modelling, and Ecology

W: www.pottsresearch.org.za


Prof. Louis Scott

Bloemfontein Palaeosystems Centre, University of the Free State

Discipline: Palaeobotany

Specialisations: Quaternary palynology and palaeo-environmental reconstructions in Southern Africa.

W: www.palaeosystems.co.za/

W: www.ufs.ac.za/natagri/departments-and-divisions/plant-sciences-home/general/staff


Prof. Judy Sealy

University of Cape Town

Discipline: Archaeology

Specialisation: Behaviour and environments of pre-colonial human societies in South Africa

W: http://www.archaeology.uct.ac.za/age/faculty-and-staff/judith-sealy


Dr Ben Smit

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Zoology

Specialisations: Evolutionary and ecological physiology in vertebrates

W: http://smitlab.blogspot.co.za/



Dr Kale Sniderman

School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Late Cenozoic Palaeoenvironments, Palaeovegetation, and Palaeoclimates

Interests: Refinement and application of palynology, particularly of speleothem archives, to better understand past vegetation and climates

W: http://www.isotopegeoscience.org

W: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kale_Sniderman


Dr Jan Venter

School of Natural Resource ManagementNelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Discipline: Ecology

Specialisations: Large Mammals and Vertebrate Biodiversity

W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Venter3



Prof. Tony Verboom

University of Cape Town

Discipline: Botany

Specialisations: Plant Evolutionary Biology, and the Evolution and Ecology of the Greater Cape Flora 

W: http://www.biologicalsciences.uct.ac.za/bio/staff/academic/verboom


Dr Stephanie de Villiers

Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environmental Affairs

Discipline: Chemistry

Specialisations: Chemical Oceanography and Paleoceanography/Marine Carbonate Chemistry

W: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=2HYpsXEAAAAJ&hl=en


Dr Jayne Wilkins

Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town

Discipline: Archaeology

Specialisations: Middle Stone Age Lithic Technologies and Behavioral Adaptations in South Africa

W: https://uct.academia.edu/JayneWilkins

W: http://www.archaeology.uct.ac.za/age/faculty-and-staff/jayne-wilkins


Dr Sarah Wurz

School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

Discipline: Archaeology

Specialisation: Coastal adaptation and behavior of Middle Stone Age populations at Klasies River

W: https://wits.academia.edu/sarahwurz