Diamondiferous eclogite from the Udachanaya kimberlite, Russia.

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Backscatter electron (BSE) image of complexly zoned olivine, Benfontein kimberlite


Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I did my undergraduate and graduate studies at Rhodes University under the supervision of Mike Skinner and Steve Prevec. After finishing my PhD at the end of 2012, I took up a post-doc with Larry Taylor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Following my 2 year post-doc in Knoxville, I took-up a second post-doc at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I then spent 2018 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.


Research Interests​
  • Formation of kimberlite magmas

  • Formation of diamonds

  • Petrology of mantle xenoliths 

  • Petrogenesis and ore-forming processes of Large Igneous Province magmas

  • Petrology of martian and lunar meteorites

Publication summary: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=wN-tlycAAAAJ&hl=en
Contact Me​




Senior Lecturer 

Department of Geological Sciences, 13 University Avenue, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa.

Iron ore deposit associated with the Panzhihua mafic layered intrusion. Massive magnetite deposit with lesser plagioclase aligned parallel to layering.

Chemically zoned garnet from a mantle peridotite xenolith, Udachnaya kimberlite, Russia.