Master’s student
Marelize Labuschagne

Marelize is currently a  second year Master's student at the NWU Potchefstroom Campus. In 2015 she obtained her undergraduate B.Sc degree in Environmental Sciences with majors in Zoology and Microbiology.  She finished her Honours degree in Aquatic Ecosystem Health were she became part of the WRG. During her third year she realised that she has a passion for the aquatic environment and thus she decided to broaden her horisons in this field. Her current project focuses on artificial monitoring devices that can detect platinum group elements (PGE) in the fresh water ecosystem, more precisely the Hex River catchment.

Master’s student
Mardi Strauss
Mardi has worked with water quality and macroinvertebrates of freshwater systems and completed her Honour's degree in this field. Now in the marine ecology field, she will be investigating the trophic interactions between isopod parasites and the corresponding fish hosts using stable isotope analysis. 
Master’s student
Rian Pienaar

Rian is currently an Master's student part of the WRG of the North-West University at the Potchefstroom Campus.  His M.Sc project will focus on the use of fish and their parasites as bioindicators of metals in a subtropical ecosystem.  He will be working under the supervision of Prof. Nico Smit and Dr. Ruan Gerber.  Rian’s previous research project focused on the effect of the tongue replacement parasite Ceratothoa famosa on Sparodon durbanensis at Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. As part of his Honnours degree he participated in an exchange program with Arkansas State University, obtaining experimence in Limnology, Animal ecology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Master’s student
Coret Hoogendoorn

Coret is a M.Sc. student in the WRG at the NWU Potchefstroom Campus. She completed her degree in B.Sc. Zoology and Microbiology in 2016 and Honours degree in Environmental Sciences, with subjects involving aquatic ecosystem health, in 2017. Her Honours project focused on the diversity of Diplostomidae (Digenea: Diplostomoidea) in freshwater fish in the North-West Province. She started her Master's degree in 2018 with Dr. Olena Kudlai and Prof. Nico Smit as her supervisors and is currently exploring the diversity of the genus Diplostomum (Diplostomidae) in South Africa.