Research Team - Staff

Stuart Piketh

Prof Stuart Piketh

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Building E4, Room

018 299 1582

stuart.piketh@nwu.ac.za

 

Prof Stuart Piketh obtained his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000 where he also worked as 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 in 2012. Stuart is married to Sarah Piketh and they have two children Aimee and Daniel Piketh. In 2015 he was appointed as the Director of the School of Geo and Spatial Science. He is also the 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.

 


Roelof Burger

Prof Roelof Burger

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Building E4, Room G35

018 299 4269

roelof.burger@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: Anthropogenic impacts on the atmosphere, Observing atmospheric processes

     

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.

 


Pieter van Zyl

Prof Pieter Van Zyl

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Building DG6, Room C212

018 299 2535

pieter.vanzyl@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: Atmospheric sciences, Ferrochromium environmental and process related issues

     

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.

 


Jacques Berner

Prof Jacques Berner

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Building , Room 

018 299 2531

jaques.berner@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism:

     

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.
 


Adeline Ngie

Dr Adeline Ngie

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Vanderbijlpark Campus, Building 8, Room G03

018 299 4269

adeline.ngie@nwu.ac.za

 Research specialism:   

Dr Adeline Ngie's academic background that stemmed from Environmental Science, Geography and Environmental Management has led her through diverse research from anthropogenic activities on water and vegetation to applications of earth observation (GIS and remote sensing). The latter has driven most of her recent research into urban climates and crop productivity monitoring. She is also keen in interdisciplinary research within low-income urban communities and in collaborations currently within an NRF-Water-Energy-Food Nexus project with the Faculty of Law and other partners at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University (The Netherlands). She has been involved with research projects locally and internationally from conception to realisation. She has a passion to mentor other young scientists from through the University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa, and currently with the North-West University (NWU) from 2019. 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 TWAS-DFG award 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 improving crop productivity within agricultural areas. She is part of a UNESCO-IGCP on investigating the impacts of mining activities in Africa which is a collaboration with scientists from seven other African countries. 
 


Sheldon Strydom

Dr Sheldon Strydom

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Mahikeng Campus, Building , Room

018 299 4269

sheldon.strydom@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: Applied climatology, Pyrogeography, Fire meteorology/climatology 

     

Dr Sheldon Strydom is a climatologist with interests in understanding the impacts of climate change at local to regional scales. He has 7 years of experience in the field of atmospheric sciences and holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has published his research in international peer-reviewed journals such as “Climatic Change” and “Weather, Climate, and Society”. He has co-supervised 2 PhD students to completion, and is currently co-supervising 3 PhD candidates and 3 MSc candidates. He also serves as a subject editor of the local journal “Water SA”.

 


Daniel Boshoff

Mr Daniel Boshoff

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Vanderbijlpark Campus, Building 8, Room 103

016 910 3558

danie.boshoff@nwu.ac.za

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Research specialism: Fire science, Pyrogeography, Interactions between climate and fire events

     

Mr Danie Boshoff is a Physical Geographer who is currently pursuing his PhD on fire events at selected study areas in South Africa. He joined the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the NWU in February 2018. 

 


Nisa Ayob

Ms Nisa Ayob

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Mahikeng Campus, Building A12, Room 110

018 389 2812

23799110@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: GIS, Water ecology, Climate change, Waterborne diseases

     

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, Dust emissions.

 


Ncobile Nkosi

Ms Ncobile Nkosi

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Mahikeng Campus, Building , Room 

018 389 

nicobile.nkosi@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: Dust, Waterborne disease, Energy use, Climate change, Geomorphology

     

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.

 


Phathu Mukwevho

Mr Phathu Mukwevho

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Building D1, Room 110

018 299 1588

26584484@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: Environmental and Air quality governance and management

     

Mr Phathu Mukwevho obtained his B.Sc, B.Sc ( Honours) and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Johannesburg and is currently enrolled for a dual doctoral programme with NWU and Keele University in the UK. His research focus is on evaluating the effectiveness of environmental and air quality governance policy instruments.

 


Henno Havenga

Dr Henno Havenga

School for Geo- and Spatial Sciences | Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Building E4, Room G48

018 299 

22743529@nwu.ac.za

Research specialism: Convective weather events, Numerical weather prediction, Anthropogenic impacts on the atmosphere 

     

Dr Henno Havenga completed his PhD in 2022 where he examined intended and unintended anthropogenic impacts on severe convective storms over the industrial Highveld. He’s assisted various field campaigns locally and internationally, measuring ambient air pollution in rural settlements, chasing tornadoes with unmanned aerial vehicles, flying in thunderstorms to characterise ice particles and installing weather stations in remote locations. Dr Havenga teaches 1st year through to honours level students in general climatology, applied climatology, agricultural climatology, and remote sensing and GIS techniques.