Academic Leader: Geography  - Prof Trevor Hill

Position: Professor





BSc (Hons); PhD (Rhodes); PGDE (Rhodes)

Office Block:






Postal Address:

Room 17

3rd Floor

Science Building

Main Campus



Discipline of Geography
School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Private Bag X01
South Africa





+27 (0)33 260 5235


Description of Research Activities
  • Contemporary Pollen Analysis
  • Palaeo-climatic reconstruction
  • Natural Resource Management
  • GIS
  • Biogeography

Key Publications  (please email me to request a copy)

  • Hill, TR, 1995: Analysis of Contemporary Pollen Rain in South Africa – A Review. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 50 (1), 27-39.
  • Hill, TR, 1996: Statistical Determination of Sample Size and Contemporary Pollen Counts, Natal Drakensberg, South Africa. Grana, 35, 119-124.
  • Hill, TR, 1996: Palynological Investigations in South Africa. Quaternary Australasia, 14 (1), 42-52.
  • Hill, TR, 1996: Description, Classification and Ordination of the Dominant Vegetation Communities, Cathedral Peak, KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg. South African Journal of Botany, 62 (5), 263-269.
  • Finch, J. & Hill, TR., 2008: A Late Quaternary pollen sequence from Mfabeni Peatland, South Africa: reconstructing Podocarpus forest history in Maputaland. Quaternary Research, 70, 442-450.

Recent Publications
  • Strachan, K.L., Hill, T.R., Finch, J.M., Barnett, R.L., Frenzel, P. (in press). Distribution of Salt-Marsh Foraminifera in Two South African Estuaries and Application. Journal of Coastal Research.
  • Strachan, K.L., Finch, J.M., Hill, T.R., Barnett, R.L., Morris, C.D. (2016). Environmental controls on the distribution of saltmarsh foraminifera from the southern coastline of South Africa. Journal of Biogeography 43, 887-898.
  • BAA Hoogakker, RS Smith, JS Singarayer, R Marchant, IC Prentice, JRM Allen, RS Anderson, SA Bhagwat, H Behling, O Borisova, M Bush, A Correa-Metrio, A de Vernal, JM Finch, B Fréchette, S Lozano-Garcia, WD Gosling, W Granoszewski, EC Grimm, E Grüger, J Hanselman, SP Harrison, TR Hill, B Huntley, G Jiménez-Moreno, P Kershaw, M-P Ledru, D Magri, M McKenzie, U Müller, T Nakagawa, E Novenko, D Penny, L Sadori, L Scott, J Stevenson, PJ Valdes, M Vandergoes, A Velichko, C Whitlock, C Tzedakis (2015). Terrestrial biosphere changes over the last 120 kyr and their impact on ocean delta 13C. Climate of the Past Discussions 11, 1031-1091.
  • Strachan, K.L., Hill, T.R., Finch, J.M., Barnett, R.L. 2015. Vertical zonation of foraminifera assemblages in Galpins Salt Marsh, South Africa. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 45(1) 29–41.
  • Strachan, K.L., Finch, J.M., Hill, T.R., Barnett, R.L. 2014. A late Holocene sea-level curve for the east coast of South Africa. South African Journal of Science 110, 74-82. DOI: 10.1590/ sajs.2014/20130198
  • Ndebele-Murisa, MR, Mashonjowa, E & Hill, TR, 2011: The decline of Kapenta fish stocks in Lake Kariba – a case of climate changing? Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 66 (3), 220 – 223.
  • Ndebele-Murisa, MR, Mashonjowa, E & Hill, TR, 2011: The implications of a changing climate on the Kapenta fish stocks of Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 66 (2), 105 – 119.
  • Nel, E, Taylor, B, Hill, TR & Atkinson, D, 2011: Demographic and Economic Changes in Small Towns in South Africa’s Karoo: Looking from the Inside Out. Urban Forum, DOI 10.1007/s12132-011-9131-z
  • Palmer, BJ, Hill, TR, McGregor GK, & Paterson, AW, 2011: An Assessment of Coastal Development and Land Use Change Using the DPSIR Framework: Case Studies from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Coastal Management, 39 (2), 158-174.
  • Palmer, BJ, McGregor GK, Hill, TR & Paterson, AW, 2010: A spatial assessment of coastal development and land use change in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African Geographical Journal, 92 (2), 117-128.
  • Mitchell, M. & Hill, T. R., 2010: An exploratory analysis of stakeholders’ expectations and perceptions of corporate social and environmental reporting in South Africa. South African Journal of Accounting Research, 24 (1), 49-78.
  • Goebel, A., Dodson, B., & Hill, T.R., 2010: Urban advantage or Urban penalty? A case study of female-headed households in a South African city. Health and Place, 16 (3), 573-580.
  • Goebel, A., Hill, T., Fincham, R., Lawhon, M., 2009:  Transdisciplinarity in Urban South Africa. Futures, doi:10.1016/j.futures.2009.11.032 
  • Mitchell, C. & Hill, T.R., 2009: Corporate social and environmental reporting and the impact of internal environmental policy in South Africa. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. 16, 48 – 60.

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