Identification of the mammal species represented by fossil hairs in Parahyaena brunnea coprolite from Gladysvale Cave, South Africa
Palynology of a coal seam in Karoo deposits of Botswana and correlation with southern African coal-bearing strata
Natasha s research interests lie in the area of micropalaeontology, specifically fossil palynomorphs (pollen and spores, dinoflagellates, acritarchs) from the Permian, Triassic and older part of the Cenozoic. As these microfossils are useful for dating and establishing palaeoenvironments, they normally form part of a larger study looking at the macroflora and fauna of the area. For this research she is the recipient of a Mellon Foundation grant, together with her supervisor, Prof. Marion Bamford. Outside of palaeontological research, Natasha occupies herself with cooking, martial arts, teaching dance, and various forms of alternative therapies and holistic healing.
Lauren Voeght The aim of this project in co-operation with Professor Curt Stager (Paul Smiths College, New York, USA), Dr. Frank Neumann (Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontology) and Professor Louis Scott (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein) on Lake Sibaya in KwaZulu Natal focuses on extracting information from a short core about the vegetation development over the last 80 years, data interpretation of the pollen to reconstruct palaeoenvironment biomes and the correlation of the short core SWA-2 to the long Sibaya record. The project forms a smaller portion of a greater project involving diatom, pollen and sediment analysis on a longer parallel core from Lake Sibaya covering the late Holocene
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