A Preface

The blog is a bridge between women in the field of science and the rest of the world. We share groundbreaking stories from interviews with women who are making significant developments in the continuously evolving world of science. The ultimate goals are to expose the challenges and strengths of women scientists, to inspire- the young and…

Dr Katye Altieri an Atmosphere-Ocean Fundi

P-rated researcher Dr Katye Altieri was born in the largest city of the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was a typical overachiever in high school with an interest in the majority of the extracurricular activities. Katye went to a very small university in the United States, The College of New Jersey, which was…

Meet Dr. Hsin Cynthia Chiang an astrophysicist

On a research expedition to the Subantarctic, I had the pleasure of sharing a room with Hsin Cynthia Chiang aboard the R/V SA Agulhas II. She struck me as shy, but extremely intelligent and as we introduced ourselves to each other I immediately knew that I had to feature her in my women in science…

My Ph.D. journey

The Ph.D. tempo has considerably increased as I reach the second year of study and panic mode is an element in the equation. My Ph.D. focuses on understanding nitrogen (mainly nitrate and ammonium) uptake in the surface waters of the Indian Ocean (nutrient poor) and Subantarctic Ocean (nutrient rich as nutrients are not fully consumed by the marine…

A 2017 Recap

It’s a new year, a chance to improve, conquer and be fierce. The new year brings opportunity, a chance to correct our mistakes and of course work towards finishing what we started. I’m one of the most prominent believers in women. Women are powerhouses, we sometimes forget just how valuable and influential we are in society….

ACE Project XII Workshop 2017

The first South African Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE Project XII) workshop took place at the University of Cape Town in November 2017. The University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University and Cape Peninsula University are part of ACE Project XII. At the workshop, students and supervisors gave talks on their areas of research…

Dr Mmaki Jantjies The Tech Geek

A few months back I had the pleasure of meeting the Mafikeng born Dr Mmaki Jantjies at a Kato Technology event in Cape Town. She was one of the three women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that were panel guests, giving valuable advice on how to make it as a determined woman in…

Professor Isabelle Ansorge- EXTRAORDINAIRE

Professor Isabelle Ansorge is one of the most influential women in the world of science. This dynamic Professor heads the Oceanography department at the University of Cape Town. Isabelle was the very first woman Ph.D. graduate in the department. The extraordinary woman scientist’s areas of interest include Indian, Atlantic and Southern Ocean dynamics, Southern Ocean…

FameLab Eminence

Referred to as the “Pop Idols of Science”, the British Council’s FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world! I had been seeing this competition on social media for a few months since last year (2016). At first, I had very little information about what it was, but I knew it had…

Big Wins for Dr. Sarah Fawcett

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Fawcett on being one of Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. She also received the prestigious  SANCOR Young Researchers Award at this year’s Southern African Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS). You inspire me and many others! Photo credit: Raquel Flynn

LAB WORK SEASON

My Ph.D. research is part of broader research by the Swiss Polar Institute’s Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE). ACE is made up of 22 different projects bringing together research teams from six continents. The projects focus on different areas of study with the aim to understand and answer questions about the Antarctic ecosystem. My work is a…

Meet Sandra Phoma an inspirational #blackwomanscientist

Sandra Boitumelo Phoma is a final year Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), University of Pretoria (UP), currently working on surveying the microbial diversity and function in the Southern Ocean. The research involves analyses of the 16S rRNA, metagenomes, meta proteomes and metabolomes datasets generated from sampling trips on board the Agulhas II…