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Curator of Cenozoic Palaeontology, Research and Exhibitions, Iziko Museums of South Africa; Honorary Research associate Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town

Romala Govender has a PhD University from the Witwatersrand (2006). Research interests: Vertebrate anatomy including functional anatomy, palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmetal reconstructions, taphonomy and taxonomy. Faunal turnover at sites in South Africa over time, focussing on the west coast. Current research is on the five million year old marine mammal fauna at Langebaanweg, west coast of South Africa. Future research will focus on the small carnivores at Langebaanweg. Published author and recipient of Postdoctoral Fellowships, including the Claude Leon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Zoology Department, University of Cape Town. Honorary Research Associate Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town.
Dr Govender was 2006 – 2008- NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow – Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, School of Geoscience, at Wits University.


  • –present
    Curator of Cenozoic Palaeontology in the National History Department Iziko South African Museum and guest lecturer in Zoology Honours Palaeobiology course at UCT , University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Curator of Cenozoic Palaeontology, Natural History Department, Iziko South African Museum; Guest Lecturer in Zoology Honours Palaeobiology
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation