DR EMESE M. BORDY
 
    SENIOR LECTURER
  Department of Geological Sciences
  Louis Ahrens Wing, Library Road
  University of Cape Town
  Rondebosch, 7701, RSA  
  Room 501  
  ph: #27 (0)21 650 2901  
  fax: #27 (0)21 650 3783  
  email: emese.bordy[at]uct.ac.za (replace [at] with @)
 
 
Biography
Research
Publications
Teaching
Students
Personal
 
   
 

Degrees
  • Ph.D. - Rhodes University, South Africa, 2001
  • MSc - Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, 1998
  • PGD in Higher Education (with distinction), Rhodes University, South Africa, 2006
Employment
  • Senior Lecturer - University of Cape Town, Department of Geological Sciences, 2011-
  • Senior Lecturer - Rhodes University, Department of Geology, 2006-2011
  • Acting Head of Department - Rhodes University, Department of Geology, 2009, 2010
  • Lecturer - Rhodes University, Department of Geology, 2004-2006
  • Hall Warden, House Warden - Rhodes University, Oriel Hall & House, 2004-2005
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow - University of the Witwatersrand, BPI Palaeontology, School of Geosciences, 2002-2004
  • Senior Lecturer & Acting Head of Department - University of Fort Hare, Department of Geology, 2001
Professional Associations
  • International Association of Sedimentologists, 2011-
  • International Association of Ichnologists, 2011-
  • Geological Society of South Africa, 2003-
  • Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, 2003-
  • Hungarian Geological Society, 1992-1998
Scholarships, Fellowships and Sponsorships Awarded
  • NRF - African Origins Platform; 2011, 2012, 2013
  • University of Cape Town Research Council, 2011
  • NRF Incentive Funding for Rated Scientists; 2009-2011
  • Rhodes University, Deputy VC (Research and Development) and Dean of Science discretionary grants; 2010
  • NRF South African-Hungarian Science and Technology Cooperation; 2007, 2008
  • Rhodes University, Joint Research Committee; 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; 01-01-2002 - 29-02-2004
  • De Beers Doctoral Scholarship (fully funded); 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Scolarship of the Hungarian Republic; 1995, 1996
  • TEMPUS Scholarship (visiting student at the University of Reading, Postgraduate Institute in Sedimentology, UK); 1996-97
  • CEPUS Scholarship (visiting student at the Jagellonian University of Krakow, Poland); 1995
 

  • Clastic sedimentology (esp. fluvial deposits)
  • Stratigraphy, sedimentology and palaeo-ecosystems of the Karoo in southern Africa
  • Paleozoic and Mesozoic basin evolution in southern Africa
  • Continental ichnology
  • Sedimentology of Karoo coal-bearing strata (outside the main Karoo Basin)
 
 

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Bordy, E.M., Linkermann S. and Prevec, R. (2011). Palaeoecological aspects of some invertebrate trace fossils from the mid- to Upper Permian Middleton Formation (Adelaide Subgroup, Beaufort Group, Karoo Supergroup), Eastern Cape, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences. DOI 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2011.06.002. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Sztanó, O., Rubidge, B.S. and Bumby, A. (2011 print; 2010 on line) Early Triassic vertebrate burrows from the Katberg Formation of the south-western Karoo Basin, South Africa. Lethaia 44: 33–45. DOI 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2010.00223.x. download pdf

Bordy, E.M., Segwabe, T. and Makuke, B. (2010) Sedimentology of the Upper Triassic - Lower Jurassic (?) Mosolotsane Formation (Karoo Supergroup), Kalahari Karoo Basin, Botswana. Journal of African Earth Sciences 58:127–140. download pdf

Bordy, E.M., Knoll, F. and Bumby, A. (2010) New data on the palaeontology and sedimentology of the Lower Jurassic Lisbon Formation (Karoo Supergroup), Ellisras Basin, South Africa. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abh., DOI: 10.1127/0077-7749/2010/0091; Stuttgart. p. 1-11. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Sztanó, O., Rubidge, B.S. and Bumby, A. (2009) Tetrapod Burrows in the southwestern main Karoo Basin (Lower Katberg Formation, Beaufort Group), South Africa. Extended Abstracts of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa. September 11-14, Matjiesfontein, South Africa. Palaeontologia Africana 44: 95–99. download pdf

Bordy, E.M., Bumby, A., Catuneanu, O. and Eriksson, P.G. (2009) Possible trace fossils of putative termite origin in the Lower Jurassic (Karoo Supergroup) of South Africa and Lesotho. South African Journal of Science 105: 356-362. download pdf

Hanson, E.K., Moore, J.M., Bordy, E.M., Marsh, J.S., Howarth G. and Robey, J. (2009) Cretaceous Erosion in Central South Africa: Evidence from Upper-Crustal Xenoliths in Kimberlite Diatremes. ,i>South African Journal of Geology 112: 125-140. download pdf

Bordy, E.M. and Prevec, R. (in press since 2009) Lithostratigraphic description of the Emakwezini Formation. Catalogue of the South African Lithostratigraphic Units: South African Committee for Stratigraphy.

Bordy, E.M. and Prevec, R. (2008). Sedimentology, palaeontology and palaeo-environments of the Middle (?) to Upper Permian Emakwezini Formation (Lebombo Basin, South Africa). South African Journal of Geology, 111 (4): 429-458. download pdf

Bordy, E.M. (2008). Enigmatic trace fossils from the Lower Jurassic Clarens Formation, southern Africa. Palaeongologia Electronica, 11/3; 16A: 16p; http://palaeo-electronica.org/2008_3/150/index.html

Eriksson, P.G. and Bordy, E.M. (in press since 2008) Lithostratigraphic description of the Elliot Formation - Catalogue of the South African Lithostratigraphic Units: South African Committee for Stratigraphy.

Bordy, E.M., Hancox, P.J., Rubidge, B.S. (2005). The contact of the Molteno and Elliot formations through the main Karoo Basin, South Africa: a second-order sequence boundary. South African Journal of Geology, 108, 349-362. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Bumby, A., Catuneanu, O., Eriksson, P.G. (2005). Reply to a Comment on Advanced Early Jurassic Termite (Insecta: Isoptera) Nests: Evidence from the Clarens Formation in the Tuli Basin, Southern Africa. (Bordy et al., 2004). Palaios, 20, 307-311. download pdf

Bordy, E.M., Hancox, P.J., Rubidge, B.S. (2005). A Reply - Turner, B.R. and Thomson, K., Discussion on ‘Basin development during deposition of the Elliot Formation (Late Triassic – Early Jurassic), Karoo Supergroup, South Africa (South African Journal of Geology, 107, 397-412). South African Journal of Geology, 108, 19-34. download pdf

Parizot, M., Eriksson, P. G., Aifa, T., Sarkar, S., Banerjee, S., Catuneanu, O., Altermann, W. Bumby, A. J., Bordy, E. M., van Rooy J. L., and Boshoff A. J. (2005) Suspected microbial mat-related crack-like sedimentary structures in the Palaeoproterozoic Magaliesberg Formation sandstones, South Africa. Precambrian Research, 138, 274-296. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Hancox, P.J., Rubidge, B. S. (2004). Basin development during the deposition of the Elliot Formation (Late Triassic - Early Jurassic), Karoo Supergroup, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 107, 395-410. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Hancox, P. J., Rubidge, B. S. (2004). Fluvial style variations in the Late Triassic - Early Jurassic Elliot Formation, main Karoo Basin, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 38, 383–400. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Hancox, P.J., Rubidge, B.S. (2004). Provenance Study of the Late Triassic – Early Jurassic Elliot Formation, main Karoo Basin, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 107, 587-602. download pdf

Bordy, E.M., Hancox, P.J., Rubidge, B.S. (2004). A description of the sedimentology and palaeontology of the Upper Triassic - Lower Jurassic Elliot Formation in Lesotho. Palaeontologia Africana, 40, 43-58. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Bumby, A., Catuneanu, O., Eriksson, P.G. (2004). Advanced Early Jurassic Termite (Insecta: Isoptera) Nests: Evidence from the Clarens Formation in the Tuli Basin, Southern Africa. Palaios. 19/2, 68-78. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Catuneanu, O. (2002). Sedimentology of the lower Karoo Supergroup fluvial strata in the Tuli Basin, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 35/4, 503-521. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Catuneanu, O. (2002). Sedimentology and Palaeontology of upper Karoo aeolian strata (Early Jurassic) in the Tuli Basin, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 35/2, 301-314. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Catuneanu, O. (2002). Sedimentology of Beaufort-Molteno Karoo fluvial strata in the Tuli Basin, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 105 (1), 51-66. download pdf

Bordy, E. M., Catuneanu, O. (2001). Sedimentology of the upper Karoo fluvial strata in the Tuli Basin, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 33/3-4, 605-629. download pdf

Book reviews

Prevec, R. and Bordy, E.M. (2009). Book review: Plant–Arthropod Interactions in the Early Angiosperm History – Evidence from the Cretaceous of Israel, edited by V. Krassilov and A. Rasnitsyn: African Entomology 17(1): 120-121.

Bordy, E.M. (2008). Book review: Trace Fossils: Concepts, Problems, Prospects, edited by William Miller III: Palaios, DOI: 10.2110/palo.2008.BR25.

Some recent conference abstracts

Bordy, E.M., Cole, D. (2011). Recent developments in the stratigraphic nomenclature of the Karoo Supergroup in South Africa. GeoSynthesis 2011, August, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bordy, E.M., Sztanó, O. and Mindszenty, A. (2010). Fluvial base level variations in the Lower Triassic Katberg Formation, Karoo Basin, South Africa. 18th International Sedimentological Congress. 26 September- 1 October, Mendoza, Argentina.

Bordy, E.M. (2010) Are we ready to close the open nomenclature descriptions of large non-marine burrows? 4th International Workshop on Ichnotaxonomy. 21-23 June, 2010, Moscow and 24-26 June, 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Bordy, E.M., Buchanan, G. and Krummeck, W. (2010) Recent sedimentological and palaeontological discoveries in the Lower to Mid-Triassic Tarkastad Subgroup (Beaufort Group, Karoo Supergroup), Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa. In M.B. Mostovski and M.N. Ovechkina: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (Howick, 5-8 August, 2010). Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. p. 9.

Krummeck, W. and Bordy, E.M. (2010) Large Burrows of Uncertain Origin in the Triassic Katberg and Burgersdorp Formations, southeastern main Karoo Basin, South Africa. In M.B. Mostovski and M.N. Ovechkina: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (Howick, 5-8 August, 2010). Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. p. 52-54.

Linkermann, S.A., Bordy E. and Prevec, R. (2010) New macrofloral assemblages from the Middle to Upper Permian of the southern main Karoo Basin, South Africa. In M.B. Mostovski and M.N. Ovechkina: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa (Howick, 5-8 August, 2010). Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. p. 58-59.

Bordy, E.M., and Knoll, F. (2009). Presence of basal Sauropodomorpha in the Lower Jurassic Lisbon Formation (Karoo Supergroup, Ellisras Basin, South Africa). 69th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 23-26 September, Bristol, United Kingdom.

Bordy, E.M., Sztanó, O., Nádor, A., Nagy, Á., Bumby, A. and Rubidge, B.S. (2008) Vertebrate (Therapsida?) Burrows in the Lower Katberg Formation (Beaufort Group) in the southwestern main Karoo Basin (South Africa). 15th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa. 11-14 September, Matjiesfontein, South Africa. p. 47-52.

Bordy, E.M., Prevec, R. and Grant, D. (2008) Sedimentology, Palaeobotany and Coal Geology of the Upper Permian Emakwezini Formation (Lebombo Basin, South Africa). American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Conference and Exhibition. 26-29 October, Cape Town, South Africa.

Prevec, R. And Bordy, E. M. (2008) A preliminary assessment of the Glossopteris-dominated fossil plant assemblages of the Emakwezini Formation (lower Beaufort, Karoo Supergroup, South Africa) and their palaeo-environmental setting. 15th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa. September 11-14, Matjiesfontein, South Africa. p. 160- 161.

Segwabe, T. and Bordy, E. M. (2008) The Economic Potential and Geological Framework of the Coal-Bearing Karoo Strata in the Central Kalahari Sub-basin, Botswana. American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Conference and Exhibition. 26-29 October, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bumby, A. J., Bordy, E. M. and Pirk, C. (2008) Early Jurassic trace fossils of possible termite origin. International Congress of Entomology. July 6-12, Durban, South Africa.

Segwabe, T. and Bordy, E. M. (2007) The Economic Potential and Geological Framework of the Coal-Bearing Karoo Strata in the Central Kalahari Sub-basin, Botswana – preliminary project plans. Coal Conference Botswana - The Awakening of the Coal Giant. June 28-29, Gaborone International Convention Centre, Gaborone, Botswana.

Bordy, E.M. (2006) Ichnological Problematica from the Lower Jurassic Clarens Formation, Southern Africa. 14th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa. September 7-10, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Hanson, E. K., Moore, J.M., Robey, J., Bordy, E.M. and Marsh, J.S. (2006) Re-estimation of erosion level in Group I and II kimberlites between Lesotho, Kimberley and Victoria West, South Africa. Kimberlite Emplacement Workshop, September 7-10, Saskatoon. Saskatchewan, Canada.

Bordy, E.M., Prevec, R. and Makhwelo, Ch. (2006) Late Triassic (Norian) Palaeoecosystem of the lowermost Elliot Formation (Salpeterberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa). In: Parker, W. G., Ash, S. R., and Irmis, R. B., (eds.) A century of research at Petrified Forest National Park 1906-2006, Geology and Paleontology. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin, no. 62, p. 169-170.

Bumby, A. J. and Bordy, E. M. (2006) Termite Nests and Associated Architecture in the Lower Jurassic Clarens Formation: Questions Regarding Their Provenance. In: Barrett, P. (ed.) Ninth International Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota Symposium, Manchester, UK. Cambridge Publications, Cambridge, p. 5-8.

 
 

Current Teaching
  • Sedimentology module (2nd year)
  • Sedimentology module (3rd year)
  • Stratigraphy and Geological History of South Africa module (3rd year)
  • Sedimentary Basin Analysis (Honours)
  • Field Geology and Geological Mapping (2nd year, Laingsburg trip)
Previous subjects taught
  • Introduction to Geology (Science Extended Studies Programme, foundation year)
  • Stratigraphy of South Africa; Introduction to Earth Sciences (Sedimentology, Palaeontology and Stratigraphy) (1st year)
  • Physical Geomorphology (1st year)
  • Clastic and carbonate sedimentology (2nd and 3rd years)
  • Hydrogeology (3rd year)
  • Basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy (Honours)
  • Geology field schools (1st, 2nd, and 3rd years and Honours)
 
 

Honours students
  • Mr Devon Bowen: Flood-Fire Relationship in the Holocene Sediments of the Huis River (Western Cape, South Africa) - current student
  • Ms Chelsea Rebelo: A Comparative Study of Sedimentological and Geophysical Logs of the Lower Table Mountain Group, Cape Supergroup - current student
  • Mr Francisco Paiva (co-supervised with Dr Ake Fagereng): Sedimentological and Structural Characterisation of the Lower Beaufort Group in the South-Western Main Karoo Basin - current student
  • Mr Tobi Mzobe (co-supervised with Dr Ake Fagereng): Petrophysical characterization of the Molteno Formation (Karoo Supergroup) – Dordrecht, Eastern Cape, South Africa - current student
  • Travis Smithard, (co-supervised with Prof David Reid): The Effect of Igneous Intrusions on the Hydrocarbon Potential of the Whitehill Formation in the Karasburg Basin, Southern Namibia and the main Karoo Basin (Northern Cape), South Africa- current student
  • Ms Megan Jean Runds: Provenance study of the Early Ordovician Piekenierskloof Formation (Table Mountain Group, Cape Supergroup) – graduated in 2012
  • Mr Howard Head: Facies Analysis of the Early Ordovician Piekenierskloof Formation (Table Mountain Group, Cape Supergroup) – graduated in 2012
  • Mr William Krummeck: Large Burrows of uncertain origin in the Triassic Katberg and Burgersdorp Formations, southeastern main Karoo Basin, South Africa – graduated in 2010
  • Ms Nelao Udjombala (co-supervised with Dr H Tsikos):: Sedimentological, Petrological and Geochemical Investigation of the Upper Ghaap Group (Early Proterozoic Transvaal Supergroup, Northern Cape, South Africa) – graduated in 2010
  • Ms Gwyn Buchanan: Facies analysis and provenance study of the Katberg Formation, Karoo Basin: East London, South Africa – graduated in 2009
  • Ms Katie Baker: Hydrogeology of the Murraysburg Area: A Preliminary Characterization of the Local Aquifers – graduated in 2008
  • Mr Bonno Makuke: Sedimentary facies analysis and petrography of the Lebung Group (Karoo Supergroup) in the Lebung Escarpment (Mosolotsane, Botswana) – graduated in 2008
  • Ms Wony Martin: Beach and fluvial deposits at Bogenfels, SW Namibia – graduated in 2008
  • Ms Taleni Mbako: A field based investigation of soft sediment deformations in the Witpoort Formation, Grahamstown, South Africa – graduated in 2006
  • Mr C Makhwelo: The geology of Salpeterberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Mr Jonathan Robbeson: Sedimentological investigation of the Ventersdorp Contact Reef on the Booysens Shale and Booysens-Krugersdorp Transition footwall units – graduated in 2005
MSc Students
  • Mr Adam Moodley: Sedimentary petrology of carbonate nodules in the Elliot Formation, Karoo Supergroup, Karoo Basin (South Africa and Lesotho) - current student
  • Mr Marvel Makhubele: The role of salt tectonics in the hydrocarbon potential of post-salt deposits in offshore Gabon - current student
  • Mr William Krummeck: Ichnology of large burrows in the Lower Triassic Katberg Formation, main Karoo Basin, South Africa – graduated in 2013
  • Mr Tebogo Segwabe: The geological framework and economic potential of the coal-bearing Karoo strata in the Central Kalahari Karoo Basin, Botswana – graduated in 2008
  • Mrs Naomi Stroud (co-supervised with Prof J Moore): Sedimentary facies analysis of Tertiary gravel deposits in the Grahamstown area, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Ms Emily Hanson (co-supervised with Prof J Moore): Estimating erosion of Cretaceous-aged kimberlites in the Republic of South Africa through the examination of upper-crustal xenoliths – graduated in 2007
PhD Students
  • Mr William Krummeck: 3D imaging of Triassic-Jurassic trace fossils – prospective student
  • Ms Lara Sciscio: A multidisciplinary means to further understanding the chronostratigraphic, biostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental framework of the Stromberg Group in Lesotho and South Africa – current student
  • Mr “Spaggs” R I Spaggiari (co-supervised with Prof J Moore): Sedimentology of Plio-Pleistocene gravel barrier deposits in the Palaeo-Orange River Mouth, Namibia: depositional history and diamond mineralisation – graduated in 2011
  • Mr Sean A Linkermann (co-supervised with Dr R Prevec): New macrofloral assemblages from the Middle to Late Permian sectionsof the southern main Karoo Basin




  • Last Update: August 2013