Prof Stuart Piketh

  Prof Stuart Piketh obtained his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000 where he also workedas a Reeder and Director of the Climatology Research Group until he joined North-West University as a Professor and Co-Chair of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute – Emissions Control in2012. Stuart is married to Sarah Piketh and they have two children Aimee and Daniel Piketh. In2015 he was appointed as the Director of the School of Geo- and Spatial Science. He is also currentthe Co-Vice Chair of the International Commission of Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (ICACGP). He is a NRF B2-rated scientist and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Over the past decade he has led research in atmospheric science focusing on the understanding of air pollution emissions, transport, and impacts. Much of his research focus since 2012 has been dedicated to understanding air pollution in low income settlements in South Africa as well as the atmospheric aerosol characteristics along the west coast of Namibia. He has successfully supervised more than 40 post-graduate students in the field of atmospheric research and air pollution. Many of these students now hold prominent positions in both Government and the private sector.



Prof Roelof Burger

  Prof Roelof Burger is an atmospheric scientist with a research interest in understanding, observing and modelling the sources, fates and impacts of anthropogenic emissions. He has more than 15 years of experience in this field and holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been part of more than 50 research projects in South Africa, Namibia, Mali, Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Australia, Italy, France, Thailand and the United States. He has been the principal investigator on numerous projects with a total value of more than $500000 and a co-principal investigator on projects of more than $2mil. Current research projects include the feasibility of intentional weather modification through cloud seeding, and managing air quality.



Prof Pieter Van Zyl

  Prof Pieter Van Zyl is currently a group leader of the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the North-West University (NWU), which focuses on ground-based in-situ atmospheric measurements, but research related to laboratory investigations, satellite observations and modelling is also conducted. He is currently node manager of the atmospheric node of BIOGRIP (Biogeochemistry Research Infrastructure Project) – a research infrastructure platform funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) within the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR) framework; convenor of the steering committee of the IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry) and WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) endorsed international DEBITS (Deposition of Biogeochemical Important Trace Species) project; as well as co-chair of the IGAC Southern Hemisphere Working Group steering committee. He is co-author of >80 publications in ISI accredited peer reviewed journals (excluding peer-reviewed conference proceedings) and 3 book chapters. He supervised/co-supervised 16 PhD and 24 MSc studies that have been completed since 2008, and is currently supervisor/co-supervisor of another 7 postgraduate studies that are in process. He is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scientist.



Prof Jacques Berner

  Prof Jacques Berner is an Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus. He teaches plant physiology to pre- and post-graduate students. He started his career at the North-West University in October 2007. Before his appointment at the NWU, he worked in the private sector, developing and testing fertigation products. He matriculated from Hoërskool Diamantveld in Kimberley. After studying at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, I obtained my B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Botany. I am a broadly trained plant physiologist with a keen interest in understanding nature through the lens of a plant scientist. His research mainly focuses on the photosynthetic processes in plants. He ultimately strives to improve his understanding of the interaction between plants and their environment. His current research projects revolve around the impacts of abiotic stress on crops and the physiological responses of weeds to herbicides. In addition, he participates in the development of new crops for a changing climate.



Dr Hector Chikoore

  Prof Hector Chikoore  joined the NWU’s School of Geo and Spatial Sciences in 2020 and is based at its Vanderbijlpark campus. He conducts research on the wind field, understanding the evolution of synoptic-scale weather systems including processes in the boundary layer. He is also interested in high impact extreme weather and climate events and how models treat them. Other research interests include the role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in seasonal climate predictions; as well as climate sensitivity analyses and climate change projections. More recently, he has taken keen interest in establishing levels of vulnerability of rural communities and effectiveness of adaptation strategies to climate change impacts. This includes understanding impacts on water resources, food systems, rural livelihoods and human health.




Dr Adeline Ngie

  Dr Adeline Ngie research interest is in geospatial applications for improving crop production and urban climate related studies. However, she is keen in interdisciplinary research and collaborations. Currently, working with postgraduate students through NRF-NWO Nexus project in the faculty of Law. She has been involved with research projects locally and internationally from conception to realisation. She has a passion to mentor other young scientists from the University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa, and currently with the North-West University (NWU). She has contributed to the world of knowledge through journal publications, conferences at both local and international levels where she has participated in discussions and presented papers within plenary, working and also technical sessions.Her recent award from the TWAS-DFG has led to a research collaboration with the TU- Dresden in Germany and other southern African partners looking into Smart monitoring of climate parameters for improve crop productivity within agricultural areas. She is part of a UNESCO-IGCP investigating the impacts of mining activities in Africa in collaboration with scientists from seven other African countries.



Dr Sheldon Strydom

  Dr. Sheldon Strydom joined the School of Geo and Spatial Sciences in 2020 and is based at the Mahikeng campus. He completed his PhD in agrometeorology at UKZN in 2017, and pursued two postdoctoral research fellowships at UKZN funded by Umgeni Water (2018) and the NRF (2019). Dr. Sheldon Strydom has lectured undergraduate climatology and meteorology since 2014. His main research interests are focused on applied and statistical climatology. He continues to conduct research on pyrogeography and associated fire climatology. Other research interests include understanding the impacts of climate change on the agriculture and water resources sectors. Applied climatology research in under-represented, high-priority areas of South Africa is a theme that is found in all his research. More recently, he has developed an interest in better understanding the influence of climate change on South African mountain environments and the arid regions of the country. 



Dr Daniel Boshoff

  Dr Daniel Boshoff is a lecturer and has experience in face to face blended teaching and learning of geography, environmental science and sustainable development. Current research interests are: fire, pyrogeography, climate science and biogeography.  



Ms Nisa Ayob

  Ms Nisa Ayob is an Alumni at the NWU and a  lecturer with 5 years of teaching experience. Her main interest in both teaching and research is in applied GIS. Nisa is currently pursuing her PhD in Environmental Sciences titled “The impact of climate change on the Schistosoma transmitting snails in South Africa”. Her expertise lies on applications of GIS in applied environmental science and water borne diseases. Research Interests are in GIS and Remote Sensing, Water borne diseases, Vector diseases,Severe weather.




Ms Ncobile Nkosi

  Ms Ncobile Nkosi Lecturer at the North West University and a PhD student under the climatology research group.Lecturing Geomorphology and interested in the relationship between atmospheric science and human sciences. Would describe myself as a philosopher and an influencer. Enjoy interacting with Students and Sharing science knowledge. I am a physical geographer however I have deep appreciation for Human Geography. My research interests include air pollution, water borne diseases and atmospheric sciences and soils.