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How a South African palaeobotanist’s professional path and the finding of a valuable fossil deposit were both influenced by her vegetarianism
The prehistoric survivalists who know a thing or two about surviving the next extinction
TEDxJohannesburg | WWF screening of David Attenborough’s film ‘Life on our Planet’ The Bioscope, Johannesburg
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Rapid growth preceded gigantism in sauropodomorph evolution
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Summer rains in South Africa since the last ice age were partly driven by the temperature of the Indian Ocean
The Journey of ‘The Plant Detective’, Aviwe Matiwane
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GENUS has not only provided funding for my studies but additionally, support and motivation for my studies and the advancement of my career as a young, black, female scientist through structured programmes. The committee’s willingness to always help makes me feel fortunate to be a GENUS in Palaeosciences grantee.
The top-up funding that I have received from CoE-Pal since the year 2019 has helped me to accomplish my master's research because otherwise some of the objectives of my research would not have been achieved. I am entirely grateful for CoE-Pal team. You are doing so amazing for all African young scientists like me.
Nelson Ernesto Nhamutole
My biggest career goal is to contribute to the development of archaeobotany in southern Africa and build a bridge between the field and other paleoenvironmental studies to form a community of ‘Environmental Archaeology’ in southern Africa. During my studies, the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences has been very supportive of my journey through their financial support for postgraduate students, which in turn has allowed me to complete my studies and grow as a young researcher.
The Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences contribution to the ongoing success of my PhD studies is not confined to simply providing funds. CoE-Pal has fostered an environment of inclusion which has allowed for the provision of a safe space to engage with issues of transformation. All of which has lifted grantee morale during these exceptional times. The continuous support of this institution has provided me with the opportunity to identify, investigate and capitalise on new technology and research methods.
I always consider myself a hybrid, because although I am a geologist my research questions are informed by palaeoanthropology so to most funding bodies, I am rather not part of their required. However, the CoE has really appreciated the value and importance of my research endeavours with their support I can be at ease in conducting my research. In addition, their frequent career development initiatives have elevated not only my academic skills (writing, publishing, presenting, science communication) but also my learning and sharing in the Palaeosciences community. This has enriched my experience in research.