Mr Phikolomzi Matikinca is a final year PhD candidate (Marine Biology, Climate Change and Coastal Carbonate Chemistry) at the Robinson Lab and the Marine Lab in the Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University (SU). His PhD focuses on how changing seawater temperature and carbonate chemistry along the South African west coast might affect fouling organisms within the context of the projected future climate change. He holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development from University of Cape Town (UCT), BSc Honours in Environmental Sciences (Cum Laude) and BSc in Environmental Sciences and Geology, both from Rhodes University (RU). His research areas span across Invasion Biology, Marine Ecology, Coastal Carbonate Chemistry, Climate Change, Socio-Ecological Systems, Biostatistics, Machine Learning, and Data Science and Analytics.
He is the first recipient of the John and Maureen Summers Memorial Scholarship, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society under the Rhodes University Chapter, a recipient of Full Academic Colours award (Rhodes University), and has won the international travel grant award for the best PhD presentation at the Annual Research Meeting hosted by the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) at Stellenbosch University in 2020.