Professor: Kumba-Exxaro Chair in Geodynamics of Ore Deposits.

Formerly Professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

Hon. Prof. Shandong University of Science and Technology (PR China) 2005-2008.

Qualifications : Dipl. Geol., Dr. rer.

Nat. (FU Berlin), Dr. rer. nat. habil. (LMU-Munich, Germany)

NRF rating: B1.

UP Exceptional Academic Achiever Award 2012-2014.

Research interests: Geodynamic processes in Ore & Basin Formation; Sedimentology & Sedimentary ore deposits; Precambrian Geology; Biogeology & Evolution of Life; Geological Remote Sensing; Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods.

Publications : c. 200 publications, including over 70 ISI papers, numerous book contributions, Co-Editor of 7 journal special issues and 4 books (Spectrum, 2000; Blackwell, 2002; Elsevier, 2004, 2007). Over 1000 ISI citations.

Editorial boards :Astrobiology; Journal of African Earth Sciences (Assoc. Editor (2002-2014).

Memberships : Council Member and former Treasurer of the Geological Society of Africa. Current Vice-President (Southern Africa) of the Geological Society of Africa. Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 35th IGC. Chairman of the South African Committee for Stratigraphy (SACCS).

Member:Geological Society of SA; Global Precambrian Sedimentation Syndicate; Geologische Vereinigung, Bund Deutscher Geowissenschaftler; European Geological Union;Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3). Senior fellow: Center for the Studies of the Origin of Life (CSEOL), UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.