Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Frank is a German citizen and came to SA as part of the Excellence Programme of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina investigating waterborne uranium migration in mining areas of Germany, South Africa, Australia and Namibia.
Prof. Sanne ter Horst is a professor in Mathematics who works on metric constrained interpolation and extrapolation problems. These kinds of problems originate in complex analysis, where they have been studied since the early 20th century, but are currently viewed more as part of functional analysis and operator theory.
Suria Ellis was appointed as Statistical Consultant in 2002 after she obtained her PhD in Statistics.
Since then she had helped many researchers of various universities with data analyses and interpretation of their results. She is co-author of more than 100 articles in accredited journals.
Professional teaching and research experience Skills in scientific writing, editing, and consulting. Proficient in the use of many computer softwares and internet; development of project proposals; facilitation of workshop and conference, leadership in team and collaborative work; supervision of postgraduate research and publishing scientific articles; lecturing and curriculum development.
I have produced more than 150 original papers and conference articles during the period 1975--2014. During this period I also supervised various honours projects and produced 23 post graduate students (6 PGDiploma, 9 MSc and 8 PhD). Currently I am supervising 3 PhD, and 2 post-doctoral students.
Prof Klaus Kellner was born on 27 April 1957 in Okahandja, Namibia. He is a re-elected C2 NRF rated scientists till 2016. His expertises lie in vegetation dynamics with the emphasis on SLM technologies, impacts on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and the restoration of degraded rangelands, mostly in arid- and semi-arid systems, as well as industrial damaged sites.
Seugnet Blignaut began her academic career in 1976 as junior lecturer at the Department of Home Economics at the University of Pretoria after completing a degree in B Home Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. In 1979 she received a Bachelor of Home Economics Hons degree, an MEd (Computer-assisted Learning) in (1994) and a PhD (Computer-assisted Learning) in (1997). She became lecturer in (1977), senior lecturer in (1993), and associate professor in (2003) and research professor in. She joined the North-West University in 2015 and is currently the leader of the research niche area Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovative Education and Training in South Africa (TELIT-SA). She is the holder of a C1 NRF rating. Her research currently focuses on the use of eyetracking as part of usability evaluation of games. She is author and co-author of (69) articles and presented (84) conference papers, mostly at international level. She delivered (39) Masters and (21) PhD students. Seugnet often reviews articles for national and international journals as well as act as external examiner for various universities.
Markus Böttcher studies the physics of astronomical objects which emit high-energy (X-ray and gamma-ray) radiation. These include black holes in our Galaxy an in the centers of other galaxies, called active galactic nuclei; gamma-ray bursts, which are the violent explosions of very massive stars at the end of their lives.
My research focus is on applied ecological research with regard to Arthropoda in agro-ecosystems. I have 30 years of experience in pest management research, especially on maize and sorghum. My principle research responsibilities include the development of IPM strategies for Fall armyworm, study of arthropod diversity in agro-ecosystems, resistance evolution of pests against Bt maize, Bt cotton and insecticides. We are a lead group in GM Bt maize research in Africa.