Doctor of Philosophy (Agrometeorology) (2018), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
Master of Science (Agrometeorology) cum laude (2012), UKZN
Bachelor of Science Honours (Environmental Science) (2007), UKZN
Bachelor of Science (Applied Environmental Sciences) (2004), UKZN)
I am interested in the interactions and energy flows within the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. I mainly employ micrometeorological techniques (Eddy Covariance (EC), Surface Renewal (SR), and Temperature Variance (TV)) in my research combined with crop modeling. I have been involved in quantifying evapotranspiration and surface energy balance components of a mixed-species grassland in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The main findings have this research focused on how agricultural practices such as mowing and burning modifies the energy balance of grassland surfaces under the South African landscape. I have also worked extensively on determining the water-use efficiency of rainfed maize and soybean crops using EC. The results of this study were used in the evaluation of the FAO AquaCrop model. I also supervise research students within the Physics-with-Meteorology programme.
I teach the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the Department of Physics, Physics-with-Meteorology Unit:
• PMT 231 (The Earth’s Atmosphere)
• PMT 361 (Introduction to Agrometeorology)
• PMT 369 (Electronic Instrumentation)
• PMT 351 (Atmospheric Radiation)
• PHY 622 (Agricultural Physics)
• PHY 643 (Independent Study Course)
I also supervise research students within the Physics-with-Meteorology programme. The Physics-with Meteorology programme is multidisciplinary hence students who wish to pursue a master of philosophy or doctoral studies from allied disciplines such as agrometeorology, hydrology, agronomy, soil science and environmental science are eligible to apply.