Dr Elizabeth Rudolph
IB 53
Geography Building 2.6

Short CV

PhD. Geography, University of Fort Hare, 2020 

MSc. Geography, Rhodes University, 2016

PGCE (Snr. & FET) Geography, University of South Africa, 2012

BSc. (Hons.) Environmental Management and Analysis, University of Pretoria, 2011

BSc. Geography, University of Pretoria, 2010



Rudolph, E. M., Hedding, D. W., & Nel, W. (in press). The surface geology of the Prince Edward Islands: a new synthesis and call for geoconservation. South African Journal of Geology.

Nel, W., Boelhouwers, J. C., Borg, C. J., Cotrina, J. H., Hansen, C. D., Haussmann, N.S. , Hedding, D. W., Meiklejohn, K. I., Nguna, A. A., Rudolph, E. M., Sinuka, S. S.,Sumner, P. D (2020). Earth science research on Marion Island (1996–2020): a synthesis and new findings: South African Geographical Journal, p. 1–21.

Rudolph, E.M., Hedding, D.W., Fabel, D., Hodgson, D.A., Gheorghiu, D.M., Shanks, R., and Nel, W. (2020). Early glacial maximum and deglaciation at sub-Antarctic Marion Island from cosmogenic 36Cl exposure dating: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 231, p. 106208.

Pretorius, A., and Rudolph, E. M. (2020). Reflections on the SSAG2018 conference: focus, formats, and impacts: South African Geographical Journal, 102(2), 223-235.

Rudolph, E. M., Meiklejohn, K. I., Hansen, C. D., Hedding, D. W., & Nel, W. (2018). Rock glaciers in the Jutulsessen, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. Polish Polar Research, 39(1), 1–17. 

Haussmann, N. S., Rudolph, E. M., Kalwij, J. M., & McIntyre, T. (2013). Fur seal populations facilitate establishment of exotic vascular plants. Biological Conservation, 162(0), 33–40. 


Conference Outputs: 

Rudolph, E. M., Hedding, D.W., and Nel, W. (2020). An early deglaciation at sub-Antarctic Marion Island from cosmogenic 36Cl exposure dating: implications for landscape development, in SCAR 2020 Online, Hobart, 3-6 August 2020.

Rudolph, E. M., Hedding, D.W., and Nel, W. (2020). The MIS 3 deglaciation of sub-Antarctic Marion Island with cosmogenic 36Cl exposure dating, in SCAR 2020 Online, Hobart, 3-6 August 2020.

Rudolph, E .M., and Pretorius, A. (2018). Conference checklists, challenges & costs, in Society of South African Geographer’s 11th Meeting, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1-5 October 2018.

Rudolph, E.M., Hedding, D.W., and Nel, W. (2018). Rock hardness as a measure of post glacial exposure: questions from Marion Island, in V International Summer School for Students and Young Scientists, Altai, Russia, 7-21 July 2018.

Rudolph, E. M., Hedding, D., & Nel, W. (2017). The ice that capped the island: a review on Quaternary landscape evolution of Sub-Antarctic Marion Island. In 1st International Workshop on Antarctic permafrost, periglacial processes and soils (ANTPAS): from an expert group to a research program. Varese, Italy: 3-5 October 2017.

Rudolph, E. M., Hedding, D. W., & Nel, W. (2017). Cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating: pitfalls and challenges for isolated fieldwork. In Southern African Association of Geomorphologists- Southern African Geomorphology: Pure and Applied. Manzini, Swaziland: 25-28 July 2017.

Rudolph, E. M., Meiklejohn, K. I., & A., B. (2016). Surface characteristics of rock glaciers in the Jutulsessen, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. In XI International Conference on Permafrost. Potsdam, Germany: 20-24 June 2016.

Hansen, C. D., Rudolph, E. M., & Loubser, M. J. (2016). A note on frost mounds observed in the Jutulsessen, Antarctica. In Society of South African Geographer’s 11th Meeting. Stellenbosch, South Africa: 26-30 September 2016.

Rudolph, E.M., Bumby, A., & Meiklejohn, K. I. (2015). Potential use of the “Fry method” to determine surficial movement of rock glaciers. In Southern African Association of Geomorphologists (SAAG) Biennial Conference. Sani Pass, Lesotho: 19-20 September 2015.

Rudolph, E. M., Meiklejohn, K. I., & Bumby, A. (2015). The geomorphology of rock glaciers, near Troll Station in the Jutulsessen, Antarctica. In XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES). Goa, India: 13-17 July 2015.


A reconstruction of sub-Antarctic Marion Island`s glacial history.

The glacial geomorphology of Marion Island.

The geomorphology of the Jutulsessen, Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.

Area(s) of Interest

Geography and geomorphology, including process geomorphology and fieldwork techniques in data collection.

Geomorphological mapping and landscape analysis.

Cosmogenic nuclide exposure dating techniques.

Glacial and peri-glacial geomorphology in particular sub-Antarctic, Antarctic and high mountain environments.

Education and communication in Geography, including the use of Virtual Reality technology.

Courses Presented

GEOP2614: Process Geomorphology

GEOP6826: Geomorphology (Honours)

GEOR6808: Research Module (Honours)

Community Service

Society Membership and Service 

Chair of the National Committee for the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists of South Africa (APECSSA), 2019-present.

Council of the Southern African Association of Geomorphologists, 2019-present.


Science Communication

Die GrootOntbyt (GrootFM 90.5 / KykNET), 8 July 2019.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRq5-ke588Q

The Conversation, “Marion Island’s last ice age happened earlier than we thought. Why it matters.”, 18 June 2020. https://theconversation.com/marion-islands-last-ice-age-happened-earlier-than-we-thought-why-it-matters-140106

Vryeweekblad, “Eiland se gletsergeskiedenis herskryf: Die ys het al vroeër gesmelt” 3 July 2020, Pieter Botha. https://www.vryeweekblad.com/gesondheid-en-omgewing/2020-07-02-eiland-se-gletsergeskiedenis-herskryf-die-ys-het-al-vroer-gesmelt/

SAfm, “Marion Island’s Last Ice Age Happened Earlier Than We Thought!”, 9 September 2020. https://iono.fm/e/921459


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