SANSA Researchers

Mike Kosch

His research has focussed mainly on auroral physics and the electrodynamics of the polar upper-atmosphere.

Pierre Cilliers

He has supervised several postgraduate students at SANSA and has co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed publications since joining SANSA.

Pieter Kotze

He has utilised geomagnetic field data from low-Earth orbit satellites and observatories to investigate the time-varying characteristics of the Earth’s magnetic field for the past 26 years.

John Bosco Habarulema

His research interests include regional modelling of ionospheric parameters, low and mid latitude electrodynamics, and investigations leading to understanding physical mechanisms driving ionospheric dynamics especially during disturbed conditions.

Peter Sutcliffe

Over the past 15 years Peter has used magnetic field data from low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites to study Pi2 cavity mode and Pc3 field line resonances.

Zama Katamzi-Joseph

Her main research interests include ionospheric dynamics and the influence of geomagnetic storms, thermospheric dynamics from neutral winds measurements, coupling between the thermosphere and ionosphere through traveling ionospheric disturbances and tides. She has published several academic papers and presented in numerous national and international conferences.

Shimul Maharaj

He is currently employed as Research Physicist at SANSA Space Science and his area of research expertise is the theory of linear and nonlinear waves in space plasmas.

Rendani Nndanganeni

Rendani is currently the Space Weather Researcher at SANSA working under the space weather unit.

Stefan Lotz

Research focussing on space weather, geomagnetically induced currents, VLF waves, and the application of novel machine learning methods to space physics problems.

Mpho Tshisaphungo

Mpho is currently the Space Weather Practitioner at SANSA. She is responsible for coordinating and managing the Space Weather Centre as well as ensuring that the space weather services reach the end-users.

Teboho Nxele

Teboho is the Space Weather Scientist at SANSA and focuses on HF prediction and space weather forecasting. He is also interested in Data and Statistical Analysis.

Tshimangadzo Matamba

Matamba is currently a post-doctoral research fellow and her research focus is on scintillation effects on navigation accuracy for aviation forecasting tool.

Jonathan Ward

Jon is the head of our engineering division, with research interests in instrument development for remote data acquisition systems.

Amoré Nel

Amoré's research focuses on geomagnetic field modelling and black auroras.

Lerato Shikwambana

Lerato works at SANSA's Earth Observation (EO) directorate. His research is focussed on aerosol transport, the impact of green house gases on the climate, and related long term trends.

Mahlatse Kganyago

Mahlatse is remote sensing scientist based at SANSA's Earth Observation (EO) directorate. His research is focussed on vegetation dynamics relating to climate change and other disturbances, and the application of machine learning and other data processing techniques to remote sensing problems.

Sahil Brijraj

Sahil is our new post-doc at Space Science. He is currently working on the verification of usable frequency predictions for the aviation industry.

Stanislaus Nnadih

Stanislaus is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Space Weather Unit focusing on the development of an operations risk forecast product that can be installed into the space weather centre.

Martin Snow

Prof. Snow is the newly appointed SARCHI chair in solar physics. He joins SANSA in April 2021.