Associate Professor, University of Wollongong
Associate Professor Kerrylee Rogers is a coastal geomorphologist/geographer at the University of Wollongong School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences. Experience in government and academia means her research is applied, and focuses on providing real-world solutions. Understanding the response of coastal ecosystems and landscapes to climate change is a core research interest. Attention is placed on the role of sea level in shaping coastal ecosystems, with mineral sediment and substrate organic matter addition being a critical process providing dual benefits of facilitating adaptation to sea-level rise, and contributing towards climate change mitigation.
In addition to her research, she leads an Asia-Pacific Regional project with the International Atomic Energy Agency focussed on building country capacity in the application of radiometric and isotopic techniques for assessing the vulnerability of coasts to sea-level rise. In her role as ‘Environmental Science’ academic program director and GeoQuest Research Centre director at UOW, she shares her passion for coastal sustainability with undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Senior Lecturer, University of the Western Cape
Dr Anusha Rajkaran received her training from the Nelson Mandela University (formerly known as University of Port Elizabeth). She has been trained in the field of Botany and Estuarine Ecology. Her Honours, Masters and PhD focussed on different aspects of mangrove forest ecology; the methods, impacts and patterns of resource utilization of mangrove species in the Eastern Cape region gave rise to her first scientific papers. The PhD thesis entitled: A status assessment of mangrove forests in South Africa and the utilization of mangroves at Mngazana Estuary produced four scientific papers and a book chapter and increased her exposure to scientists in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), Australia and Belgium. After the completion of her PhD, Anusha was appointed to the Department of Botany at Rhodes University from October 2011 to November 2015. In December of 2015, Anusha joined the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape.
Anusha’s research has expanded to the functioning of other estuarine habitats such as salt marsh and seagrass, provision of ecosystem services, establishing baseline estimates of microplastic and chemical pollutants and establishing indicators of health of habitats in South Africa. Her research covers most parts of the South African coastline and the research team includes honours, MSc and PhD students as well as PostDoctoral fellows.