01 June 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 18
Geologist and PhD graduate, Dr Lynette Kirkpatrick.

PhD Research Secures Future of Namibian Mining Town

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The PhD work of geologist Dr Lynette Kirkpatrick has secured the future of the land operations of Namibia De Beers diamond company Namdeb... and with it the future of the small mining town of Oranjemund.

Wellness Specialist, Mr Zethembiso Lubisi who graduated with his MSc in Dietetics.

Body Image and Weight Loss Practices Feature in Master’s Research

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The fact that obesity plagues more women than men stirred UKZN graduate Mr Zethembiso Lubisi’s creative juices and he decided to do research into finding possible intervention strategies for the “fatty” problem.

Honours in Biochemistry graduate, Mr Tim Kirkman.

Biochemistry Honours Graduate is on Malaria Trail

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Research into malaria is an investigative field Honours in Biochemistry graduate Mr Tim Kirkman will follow in his studies for a master’s degree.

Young researcher, Dr Thandile Mdlambuzi received his PhD from UKZN.

Biogas Slurry for Improved Soil Productivity Underpins Soil Science PhD

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The fertiliser value of biogas slurry for maize and dry bean production and its effects on soil quality and carbon dioxide emissions was the subject of research by Dr Thandile Mdlambuzi of the Agricultural Research Council’s (ARC) Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Institute in Stellenbosch, who received his PhD in Soil Science from UKZN.

PhD in Horticultural Science graduate, Dr Shirly Magwaza.

PhD Study Examines Use of Human Wastewater to Grow Crops

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Evaluating the feasibility of using human excreta-derived materials as nutrient sources for the hydroponic production of horticultural crops provided the subject matter for the thesis Dr Shirly Magwaza presented UKZN for her PhD in Horticultural Science.

Mr Malven Mushayi whose research investigated methods of widening the genetic base of the tropical maize germplasm.

Master’s Project Enhances Maize Improvement

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Mr Malven Mushayi, a Senior Research Associate at Seed Co Ltd in Zimbabwe, has graduated with his MSc in Plant Breeding after investigating methods of widening the genetic base of the tropical maize germplasm to enhance maize improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), completing his thesis in one year.

Dr Lorika Beukes who obtained her PhD in Microbiology.

Germ Dangers from Pit Latrines Investigated by Microbiology PhD Graduate

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria emanating from pit latrines in KwaZulu-Natal was the subject of research undertaken by Dr Lorika Beukes for her PhD in Microbiology.

MScAgric graduate, Mr Tatenda Magodora.

Cum Laude Agricultural Economics Research Examines Impact of Climate Change on Maize

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Investigating the effects of climate change on maize production in South Africa earned Mr Tatenda Magodora a cum laude MScAgric degree in Agricultural Economics.

Mr Bhekani Zondo who graduated cum laude with an MScAgric degree in Agricultural Economics.

Use of and Willingness to Pay for Organic Fertilisers by Potato Farmers Investigated

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Mr Bhekani Zondo is a cum laude graduate after completing an MScAgric degree in Agricultural Economics for research into the adoption of and willingness to pay for organic fertilisers by smallholder potato farmers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

MSc in Plant Breeding summa cum laude graduate, Mr Athenkosi Makebe.

Graduate Breeds Parasitic Weed Resistance in Sorghum Genotypes

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Mr Athenkosi Makebe has graduated with his MSc in Plant Breeding summa cum laude after breeding sorghum resistant to the parasitic weed Striga (known as witchweed) and for compatibility with a Striga biocontrol agent.

Husband and wife, Drs Romano and Shenelle Lottering who both lecture in the Discipline of Geography at UKZN. Shenelle obtained her PhD on Friday.

Detecting and Mapping Drought and Its Human Impacts Earn Geographer a PhD

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Dr Shenelle Lottering has graduated with a PhD in Geography for her thesis which investigates the socio-economic and environmental impacts of drought on small-scale farmers in uMsinga.

Ms Robyn Horan who graduated with a Master of Science in Hydrology.

The Answers Lie in the Soil… and the Water

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Ms Robyn Horan graduated with her Master of Science in Hydrology for research that used a climate derived water balance as an alternative to a complex soils routine within hydrological modelling – an important new method for areas where complex soils data are not freely available.

Cum laude graduate, Mr Stuart Demmer.

Response of Grasslands to Global Change Examined in Cum Laude Master’s Research

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Grassland ecosystem stability was the topic of research undertaken by Mr Stuart Demmer which culminated in him being awarded a cum laude Master’s degree in Grassland Science.