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. (2021). The surface geology of the Prince Edward Islands: refined spatial data and call for geoconservation. South African Journal of Geology. https://doi.org/10.25131/sajg.124.0014

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. 


Area(s) of Interest

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

Geomorphological mapping and landscape analysis.

Dating techniques in earth surfaces processes and denudation rates (e.g. cosmogenic nuclide exposure).

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

Education and communication in Geography, including the use of immersive technologies (such as Virtual Reality).


Research themes for potential postgraduates

Virtual Reality / Virtual Field Trips; Landscape Dating (via cosmogenic nuclides and weathering studies) 

  • Assessing change in mountainous environments
  • Landforms and landscape change in the sub-Antarctic 
  • Rates of rock weathering and decay
  • Exploring new techniques for documenting and presenting landscape change, e.g. virtual reality, mapping, modelling etc.

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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T: +27 51 401 2531


Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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