Conservation Biology Masters Students (2018/19)

Amy Hoffenberg




Amy Hoffenberg


Born and bred in Cape Town, Amy’s strong appreciation of nature and the organisms within it was forged over years of hiking on the slopes of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and family holidays exploring the natural landscapes and ecosystems of southern Africa. This appreciation of the living world led Amy to begin her career as a budding biologist. Amy studied for her undergraduate degree in Applied Biology and Genetics at UCT. For her Honours Degree in Applied Biology, also at UCT, she researched the temporal dynamics of surf-diatoms which accumulate forming dark patches at Muizenberg Beach, False Bay. Amy wishes to harness the skills gained from the Conservation Biology Masters programme to ensure the protection of precious biodiversity, whilst balancing human interests. She hopes to inspire people to feel connected to nature and believes that the survival of this planet depends on humans reestablishing this connection. Amy hopes to proactively play her part in protecting the living world. In her free time, Amy can be found hiking, reading, listening to music, enjoying a good glass of wine and working as a part time singer.  

Reconstructing the long-term history of water quality and availability using fossil diatoms at an agricultural site in the Cape lowlands (Supervisors: Lindsey Gillson, Cherie Forbes)