Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow at Department of Marine Science, University of Gothenburg

Executive Committee of the SOOS Southern Ocean Flux Working Group

Member of the Observing Air-Sea Observations Strategy (OASIS)

Association for Polar Early Career Scientists South Africa National Committee

Aug 2021 – present

2019 – present

2021 – present

2019 – present


PhD in Ocean & Atmosphere Dynamics
Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town
Supervisors: Prof. S Swart, Prof. I.J. Ansorge, Dr. A Mahadevan
Title: Impact of submesoscales on the Southern Ocean stratification

Master in Physical Oceanography
Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town
Supervisors: Prof. S Swart, Prof. I.J. Ansorge, Dr. J Veitch
Title: Mixed layer dynamics of the Subantarcitc Zone

Honours in Ocean & Atmospheric and Environmental Science
University of Cape Town

Apr 2015 – Jul 2018

Mar 2013 – Nov 2014

Feb 2009 – Nov 2012


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory, CSIR
I assisted in the deployment and piloting of Seagliders, using the observations along with measurements of satellite data and numerical models to further our understanding of the role the ocean has on the global climate now and into the future.

Data scientist
University of Gothenburg
I helped to develop online live feed of glider data along with environmental variables in Python for the autonomous reporting of live glider data transmissions (

Research cruises
I have been on numerous research cruises to the Southern Ocean where I have gained experience in deploying Seagliders, collection of underway CTD data, chlorophyll filtration and deployment of XBTs.

Assisted the development of an interactive Python toolkit for processing Seaglider files. Responsibilities include code testing and consulting on processing of physical variables. All code is available at

Mar 2019 – Mar 2020

Sep 2018 – Feb 2019

Aug 2012, Jan 2013,
Mar 2013, Jul 2015


Taken during my first cruise to the Southern Ocean from the stern of the S.A. Agulhas II. Photo credit: Alistair Blair.

Trained glider pilot
I did training courses for the Kongsberg Underwater Technologies Seaglider (2016) and Offshore Sensing Sailbuoy (2018). I have piloted gliders for the University of Gothenburg and Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory during mutiple missions in the Southern Ocean.

Supervision in Postgraduate Programs course (HPE201)
I attended and completed the University of Gothenburg Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning course directed to researchers who supervise in postgraduate programmes. The course was equivalent of 3.5 weeks of full-time studies.

May 2016 – present

Sep – Nov 2020

Retrieving a SeaExplorer during training in the Kattegat, Sweden. Photo taken in July 2020 by Seb Swart.

Marie Skłodowska Curie European Individual Fellowship (2 million SEK)
South African National Antarctic Program PhD Scholarship (R600 000)
South African National Research Foundation Scholarship award (R70 000)



International Meteorological Institute of Stockholm guest funding (23 000 SEK)
World Meteorological Organisation conference travel grant (USD 1 000)
SCOR conference travel grant (USD 1 225)
South African National Research Foundation travel award (R10 000)
University of Cape Town Marine-Research Institute travel award (R15 000)



Ocean Sciences, San Diego, United States.
Talk: Regional contrasts of the Southern Ocean mixed layer in response to summer forcing.

Southern Ocean Seasonal Experiment Sympoisum, Cape Town.
Talk: Robotics in SCALE: seasonal ice melt to storm-ocean-biological interactions: unlocking new domains with robotic platforms.

SCAR Biennial Meetings & Open Science Conference, Davos, Switzerland.
Poster: Submesoscale restratification delayed by wind-front interactions. *Attended the Southern Ocean Flux working group of Southern Ocean Observing System side meeting.

Department of Oceanography Donut Talk, University of Cape Town
Seminar: Ocean seasonal restratication delayed by wind-front interactions: a four-year glider experiment

Ocean Sciences, Portland, United States 11-16 February 2018.
Talk: Submesoscale instabilities drive enhanced variability of the Southern Ocean mixed layer.

Southern Ocean Workshop. Bolin Center, Stockholm University.
Talk: Submesoscale instabilities enhance variability of the SO mixed layer

IAPSO Open Science Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
Talk: Glider experiment reveals enhanced submesoscale mixed layer instabilities in the Southern Ocean.

Training Internationally on Gliders course.
Invited seminar: Using gliders to observe mixed layer dynamics

Meteorological Institute of Stockholm.
Seminar: Submesoscale processes in the Southern Ocean

CLIVAR Open Science Conference, Qingdao, China.
Talk: Ocean-atmosphere interactions on the submesoscale field of the Southern Ocean and its associated impacts on the mixed layer variability.
*Attended the two-day CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium

Liège Colloquium of Submesoscale Ocean Dynamics, Liège, Belguim.
Talk: Characterising theatmospheric interactions on the submesoscale instability in the Southern Ocean and their impacts onmixed layer stability.

CSIR National Resources and Environment Science Week, Pretoria, South Africa. Flash talk: Seasonal cycle dynamics and variability of mixed layer submesoscale processes and phytoplankton biomass in the Southern Ocean.

Ocean & Climate Change Institute Retreat. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institude. Flash talk: Southern Ocean Seasonal Cycle Experiement.

South African Marine Science Symposium Stellenbosch, South Africa
Talk: Using high-frequency glider data to understand the effects of submesoscale processes and atmospheric forcing on the mixed layer.

SCAR Biennial Meetings & Open Science Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. Talk: Using high-frequency glider data to understand the effects of submesoscale processes and atmospheric forcing on the mixed layer
*Attended the APECS Workshop on the Antarctic Environments Portal

Department of Oceanography Donut Talk, University of Cape Town
Seminar: Subantarctic mixed layer dynamics using ocean gliders

16-21 Feb 2020

29 Nov 2019

15-26 Jun 2018

18 Apr 2018

11-16 Feb 2018

9 Oct 2017

27 Aug – 1 Sep 2017

31 May 2017

16 Nov 2016

18-25 Sep 2016

23-27 May 2016

11-14 Apr 2016

4 Jun 2015

15-18 Jul 2014

25-28 Aug 2014

7 Aug 2013

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