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Who are we? Gaby and Sunet: Part 2



Previously we wrote about publishing weekly biographies on new and veteran team members. This is the fifth edition of these bios (Part 2). In Part 1 of this  week we wrote about Gaby and here we introduce Sunet, who will be going to Antarctica for the first time this year. Sunet is, like Karin whom we interviewed last week, also not a student studying under this project, but rather works with Dr Gwynneth MatcherDr Matcher is a researcher from the Biochemistry and Microbiology Department at Rhodes University and is the Principal Investigator for a project focusing on microbial ecology in Dronning Maud Land. Since the two projects visit similar areas in the Antarctic we often work together and share logistics.

If you have missed any of our previous posts you can read about them following the links below:


Biography # 5 of the ‘Newbie’  Participants: Sunet van Aswegen

1. What is your name?

Sunset van Aswegen.

2. Where are you from?


3. What drew you to Rhodes University?

I wanted to explore other universities and learn how different universities approach the field of microbiology.

4. Why are you going to Antarctica?

I wanted to explore other universities and learn how different universities approach the field of microbiology.

5. What is the name of your Masters thesis?

Microbial ecology in Antarctic ecosystems.

6. What is your research focus there?

To determine the effect of the microbial communities in Antarctic ecosystems and how human activities influences the ecosystems.

7. Are you looking forward to going South with your current team members?

Yes I am. 

8. Have you been on the S.A. Agulhas II before?


9. Have you been to Antarctica before?


10. Have you ever had a white Christmas before?


11. Do you have special plans for Christmas?

Just to run around in the snow and enjoy the experience.

12. What are you looking forward to or are most excited about?

It will be first time out of the country and my first time on a ship.

13. Are you worried about anything or does something about the trip scare you?

No, I’m confident that everything will go well.

14. How have you prepared for the trip? 

Yes, I’ve been preparing for a few months now.

15. Are you taking a luxury item with you, like something you won’t have access to once you’ve left?

Lots an lots of chocolates.

16. What do you think you will miss the most during the trip?

My family.

17. Do you have anything specific you want to do while you are there? Something you can only do on a trip like this?

I want to take an ice dip and braai outside.

18. Are you leaving family behind? Have you prepared them for your being away for three months?

I’m leaving my mother and younger sister behind. They’ve been told about the trip and are as ready as they’ll ever be.

19. Are you doing anything nice before you go, e.g. a weekend away or a holiday?

Just spend a few days with my family before we leave.

20. Is anyone seeing you off?


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