School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Watkeys

Emeritus Professor

Mike Watkeys has BSc (Hons) (Univ. Wales,) worked for the Rhodesian Geological Survey, has a PhD (UnivWitwatersrand) and was a post-doctoral researcher (UnivCape Town) before joining the UnivNatal in 1989. He is the recipient of the AE Phaup Award (Geol. Soc. Zimbabwe) and the Jubilee Medal (Geol. Soc. S. Africa). He is an experienced broad-based academic with wide range of research interests enabling him to teach most modules in the geology degree. He has given courses to and consulted for industry around the World for over 40 years.  

Research interests

  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • Economic Geology Marine Geology
  • Geoarchaeology and
  • Earth’s magnetic field
  • Karoo Igneous Province
  • Gondwana break-up.