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Current CV 

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  • 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)


Latest Publications (past 3 years only – click here for other publications)

*denotes postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers

  1. Bordy, E.M., Lockley, M.G., Rampersadh*, A., Mukaddam*, R., Head*, H. 2022. Life and land engulfed in the late Early Jurassic Karoo lavas of southern Gondwana. Geological Magazine 1-22.  (open-access article)
  1. Head*, H., Bordy, E.M. 2022. Lake dynamics in an Early Jurassic desert: Evidence from the Clarens Formation in southern Africa. Sedimentology 1-30.   (open-access article)
  1. Lallensack JN, Bordy EM, Lockley MG, Wings O 2022. Relaunching the TY tracksite: tridactyl dinosaur footprints from the Lower Jurassic of southern Africa. Historical Biology (open-access article)
  1. Abrahams* M, Bordy EM, Knoll F, Farlow JO 2022. Theropod tridactyl tracks across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary in southern Africa: Implications for pedal morphology evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10: 925313.  (open-access article)
  1. Bordy, E.M.; Paiva*, F. 2021. Stratigraphic architecture of the Karoo river channels at the End-Capitanian. Frontiers in Earth Science 8: 521766.  (open-access article)
  1. Bordy, E.M. 2021. Darting towards Storm Shelter: a minute dinosaur trackway from southern Africa. South African Journal of Science 117 (5/6) (open-access article, cover page & editors’ choice)
  1. Bordy, E.M., Haupt*, T., Head*, H.V. 2021. Karoo lava-fed deltas and a petrified forest from the Lower Jurassic of southern Gondwana. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. p.110484.
  1. Bordy, E.M.; Sztanó, O.  2021.  Badenian (middle Miocene) continental paleoenvironment in the Nógrád-Novohrad Basin (Central Paratethys): a volcano-sedimentary record from the Páris-patak Valley in Hungary. Földtani Közlöny (Bulletin of the Hungarian Geological Society) 151: 159–178 (open-access article &  cover page)   Watch its musical version here: 
  1. Makhubele*, M.H., Bordy, E.M. 2021. Sequence stratigraphy in the Algoa and Gamtoos Basins (South Africa): a shoreline’s journey since the Middle Mesozoic. Geo-Marine Letters. 41:52 (open access article)
  1. Geel*, C.; Bordy, E.M. 2021. Palaeo-environmental and provenance reconstruction of the Lower Permian mudstones (lower Ecca Group) in the main Karoo Basin, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences p.104303.
  1. Geel*, C.; Nolte, S.; Bordy, E.M. 2021. Geomechanical properties of the Permian black shales in the southern main Karoo Basin: lessons from compositional and petrophysical studies. South African Journal of Geology 124.3
  1. Radermacher, VJ; Fernandez, V; Schachner, ER; Butler, R; Bordy, EM; Naylor Hudgins, M; de Klerk, WJ; Chapelle, KEJ; Choiniere, JN. 2021. A new Heterodontosaurus specimen elucidates the unique ventilatory macroevolution of ornithischian dinosaurs. eLife.  (open-access article)
  1. Bordy E. M., Abrahams* M., Sharman G. R., Viglietti P. A., Benson R. B. J., McPhee B. W., Barrett P. M., Sciscio* L., Condon D., Mundil R., Rademan* Z., Jinnah Z., Clark J. M., Suarez C. A., Chapelle K. E. J., Choiniere J. N. 2020. A chronostratigraphic framework for the upper Stromberg Group: implications for the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in southern Africa. Earth-Science Reviews 203: 103120.
  1. Bordy, E.M., Rampersadh*, Abrahams*, M., Lockley, M.G., Head*, H. 2020. Tracking the Pliensbachian–Toarcian Karoo firewalkers: Trackways of quadruped and biped dinosaurs and mammaliaforms. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0226847. (open-access article)
  1. Bordy, E.M. 2020. Depositional style changes during the Permo-Carboniferous – Early Jurassic evolution of the Central Kalahari Karoo Sub-basin, Botswana. Geology Journal 55:5514–5539.
  1. Muir, R.*, Bordy, E.M., Mundil R., Frei, D. 2020. Recalibrating the breakup history of SW Gondwana: U-Pb radioisotopic age constraints from the southern Cape of South Africa. Gondwana Research 84:  177–193.
  1. Viglietti P.A., McPhee B.W., Bordy E.M., Sciscio* L., Barrett P.M., Benson R. B. J., Wills S., Chapelle K. E. J., Dollman K. N., Mdekazi C., Choiniere J. N. 2020. Biostratigraphy of the Massospondylus Assemblage Zone (Stormberg Group, Karoo Supergroup), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 123 (2), 249–262.
  1. Viglietti P.A., McPhee B.W., Bordy E.M., Sciscio* L., Barrett P.M., Benson R. B. J., Wills S., Tolchard F., Choiniere J. N. 2020.Biostratigraphy of the Scalenodontoides Assemblage Zone (Stormberg Group, Karoo Supergroup), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology 123 (2), 239–248.
  1. Abrahams*, M., Sciscio*, L., Reid*, M., Haupt*, T. & Bordy, E.M. 2020. Large tridactyl dinosaur tracks from the Early Jurassic of southern Gondwana - uppermost Elliot Formation, Upper Moyeni, Lesotho. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae 90, 1–26. (open-access article)
  1. Abrahams*, M., Bordy, E. M. & Knoll, F. 2020. Hidden for one hundred years: a diverse theropod ichnoassemblage and tracks preserved in cross-section from the historic Early Jurassic Tsikoane ichnosite (Clarens Formation, northern Lesotho, southern Africa). Historical Biology
  1. Sciscio*, L., Bordy, E.M., Head*, H. 2020. A Late Triassic aquatic community: Undichna-like and related swimming traces from a freshwater pond in the lower Elliot Formation of South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences
  1. Mukaddam*, R., Bordy, E.M., Lockley, M.G., Chapelle K.E.J. 2020. Reviving Kalosauropus, an Early Jurassic sauropodomorph track from southern Africa (Lesotho).  Historical Biology

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  • PhD, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2001
  • PGD in Higher Education (with distinction), Rhodes University, South Africa, 2006
  • MSc, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, 1998

Scholarships, Fellowships and Sponsorships Awarded

  • UCT Science Faculty Established Teacher Award: 2021

  • Outstanding Article Award from the South African Journal of Science: 2021

  • Merit award of the Faculty of Science: 2017
  • NRF - Competitive Program for Rated Researchers:  2012, 2015, 2018
  • NRF-DST Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences: 2014-2021
  • NRF - African Origins Platform: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
  • NRF Incentive Funding for Rated Scientists: since 2009
  • University of Cape Town, Faculty of Science (various grants): 2013, 2014
  • University of Cape Town Research Council: 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
  • Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic: 1995, 1996
  • TEMPUS Scholarship (visiting student at the University of Reading, Postgraduate Research  Institute for Sedimentology, UK); 1996-97
  • CEPUS Scholarship (visiting student at the Jagellonian University of Krakow, Poland); 1995

Last Update: Feb 2023

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