Notiswa Libala

Institution: Rhodes University

Base: Institute for Water Research, Faculty of Science

Research field: Wetland ecology

Supervisors:  Dr Nelson Odume, Rhodes (main supervisor); Prof Tally Palmer, Rhodes (co-supervisor)


Notiswa holds a BSc in Livestock and Rangeland Science, and an MSc in Agriculture from the University of Fort Hare. In 2015, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Water Research (IWR), which inspired both her interest in water resource management and her decision to embark on a PhD. For this, she is using a social-ecological systems approach to investigate the importance of the structure and functionality of seep wetland ecosystems in the Tsitsa River Catchment, Eastern Cape. This cutting-edge research hopes to contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources, especially South African seep wetlands that are continually degraded due to poor land-use practices. The research will also empower and improve the livelihoods of rural communities that depend on these natural resources. Notiswa currently serves as the secretary for Eastern Cape Young Water Professionals. She recently presented a paper at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Colombia. She enjoys playing netball and watching movies.