Gerda du Plessis


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Position: PhD candidate University of Cape-Town

Research project: Exploiting the biophysical distinction between SA coastal waters and the Southern Ocean: Implications for Marine biotechnology

Who am I? What do I do?

I am a PhD candidate currently registered at the Department of Oceanography, UCT. My project forms part of a biodiversity initiative to uncover the intricacies associated with Southern ocean microbial ecosystems as part of a collaborative effort between UCT, UWC and UP.

I have migrated between various fields including wine, plant, soil and marine biotechnology, which hve engulfed my life for the past 7 years. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, hiking, rock climbing and painting.


2012 Poster presentation at the international Marine Biotechnology conference, Ireland

2011 Poster presentation at the SASM conference Cape Town

2011 Poster presentation at the University of Western Cape

2010 Poster presentation at the 1st Soil Metagenomics conference, China

2009 Poster presentation at the SASEV international conference in Cape Town

To be submitted:

2013 Streptomyces aethiopica nov. sp. A novel alkaliphilic isolate from the Ethiopian Rift Valley soda lakes

2013 Actinobacterial diversity in the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes