Sarina Claassens

Associate Professor
Dr. Sarina Claassens

My research focus is in soil microbiology with application to environments affected by different land-uses, including mining and agriculture. Inevitably, the study of any component of the soil ecosystem leads to a study of the broader soil environment. The research therefore includes aspects of soil biology and biochemistry and are published in journals with a multidisciplinary scope. A key perspective of my research is that the environmental issues we face today requires investigation that offers practical and applicable ways forward and thus not all research should be fundamental. In this context, the research also aims to evaluate methodological approaches and to propose modifications that will facilitate standardised application and interpretation of data. Another important outcome is the application of analytical techniques typically used as a scientific measure, in a way that is relevant and practical for non-scientific stakeholders responsible for soil management.

Physical Address

School of Biological Sciences

Building E6, Room 215

North-West University

Potchefstroom Campus


Telephone Number
018 2992321
018 2992330