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Senior Lecturer, North-West University

Eugene Bergh obtained his B.Sc. (Geological, Environmental and Geographical Sciences) and PhD (Geology) from the University of Cape Town. His research is focused on offshore sedimentary mineral exploration studies, marine sedimentary processes, micropalaeontology, palaeoecology and palaeoceanography, in an attempt to understand how these dynamics are influenced by past climate changes along the southern African margin. His research is also based on understanding past geological and environmental changes to shed light on modern environmental change and its relationship with humans and related anthropogenic influences. He previously lectured geological sciences at the University of Cape Town and held a research position at the Iziko South African Museum and the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. He currently lectures geology at North-West University and is also the research programme manager for Earth System Sciences, Soils and Resources at NWU.


  • 2022–present
    Senior Lecturer, North-West University
  • 2021–2022
    Research Affiliate, University of Cape Town
  • 2011–2022
    Research Scientist, Iziko South African Museum
  • 2012–2017
    Visiting Lecturer/Student Lecturer Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town


  • 2019 
    University of Cape Town, PhD Geology


  • 2022
    Zootaxa, Taxonomy of Middle Miocene foraminifera from the northern Namibian continental shelf
  • 2022
    Marine Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanographic and palaeoenvironmental controls on late Quaternary benthic foraminifera of the western continental slope of South Africa
  • 2021
    Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Variations in deep water masses along the western margin of South Africa, spanning the last two glacial terminations
  • 2021
    South African Journal of Geology, Late Quaternary deep marine sediment records off southern Africa
  • 2020
    Palaeontologia Electronica, Quaternary foraminifera and mollusc assemblages on the southwestern African shelf
  • 2018
    Journal of African Earth Sciences, Late Neogene foraminifera from the northern Namibian continental shelf and the transition to the Benguela Upwelling System
  • 2016
    Marine Geology, Phosphorite deposits on the Namibian shelf
  • 2015
    South African Journal of Botany, A one-year post-fire record of macronutrient cycling in a mountain sandstone fynbos ecosystem

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of South Africa
  • Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa
  • Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research
  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions