Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
Unit & Faculty: Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR), College of Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Sciences (CAEES)
Research field: Water and Carbon Cycles
Supervisors: Prof Emeritus Roland Schulze, CWRR, UKZN (main supervisor), Prof Mary Scholes, University of the Witwatersrand (co-supervisor)
Stefanie Schütte’s proposed PhD is a ‘Modelling Study on Ambient Carbon Dioxide And Soil Carbon Concentrations Effects On Hydrological Processes’ . She holds a MSc in Hydrology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2013), a Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) Chemie from Reutlingen University in Germany (1992), and a Higher National Certificate in Horticulture from the University of South Africa (2004). Stefanie first came to South Africa in 1994 “to see the world”, but stayed and worked in a large textile processing company and in the chemical industry. More recently, she served as a contract researcher at the Centre for Water Resources Research at UKZN, and worked in climate change impact modelling and adaptation in South African agriculture. In the past, Stefanie also started and chaired a conservancy association, and got involved with indigenous landscaping, alien plant eradication and managing a wildlife estate; this prompted her move into environmental sciences and hydrology, and inspired her to continue her studies.