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Research Scientist, University of Cape Town

Eugene Bergh obtained his B.Sc. (Geological, Environmental and Geographical Sciences) and PhD (Geology) from the University of Cape Town. His research is focussed 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 inform on modern environmental changes and its relationship with humans and related anthropogenic influences. He has previously lectured palaeontology in Geological Sciences and is currently based at the Iziko South African Museum and the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town.


  • –present
    Research Scientist and Affiliated Researcher, Iziko Museums of South Africa; University of Cape Town
  • 2012–2017
    Visiting Lecturer/Student Lecturer Palaeontology and Applied Micropalaeontology, University of Cape Town


  • 2019 
    University of Cape Town, PhD Geology


  • 2021
    Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Variations in deep water masses along the western margin of South Africa, spanning the last two glacial terminations
  • 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