Department of Environmental Sciences

Mr KW Maphangwa

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Environmental Sciences
Tel: 011 471 2305
Fax: 011 471 2866

Currently teaching

  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Management.
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Conservation Ecology

Recently completed MSc projects under my supervision:

  • Mr N.K. Singo. "An assessment of heavy metal pollution near an old copper mine dump in Musina". Graduated in October 2013..

Current M&D research projects under my supervision:

  • Mr E.O. Mahosi. "Investigation into the Riverview works effluent and possible effects on the Olifants river water quality".
  • Ms S.P. Phungula. "An evaluatian of the water quality and toxicity of wastewater in the car wash industry in Gauteng".

Fields of academic interests

Research interests:

  • Environmental Change.
  • Climate Change.
  • Air Quality.
  • Water Quality.
  • Waste Management.

Field of Specialisation

  • Environmental Monitoring and Environmental Management.


Book chapters:

  • Musil, C., Nyaga, J., Maphangwa, K., Raitt, L. (2010): Responses of dwarf succulent plants, lichens, and soils to experimental climate warming in an arid South African ecosystem. – In: Schmiedel, U., Jürgens, N. [Eds.]: Biodiversity in southern Africa. Volume 2: Patterns and processes at regional scale: pp. 246–250, Klaus Hess Publishers, Göttingen & Windhoek

Journal articles

Recent peer-reviewed publications:

  • Maphangwa, K.W., Musil, C., Raitt, L., and Zedda, L. (2013): Will climate warming exceed lethal photosynthetic temperature thresholds of lichens in a southern African arid region? African Journal of Ecology, in press (Early View)
  • Maphangwa, K.W., Musil, C., Raitt, L., and Zedda, L. (2012): Differential interception and evaporation of fog, dew and water vapour and elemental accumulation by lichens explain their relative abundance in a coastal desert. Journal of Arid Environments 82, 71-80.
  • Maphangwa, K.W., Musil, C., Raitt, L., and Zedda, L. (2011): Experimental climate warming decreases Photosynthetic efficiency of lichens in an arid South African ecosystem. Oecologia 169, 257 - 268.