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Leanne living in Johannesburg

What did you study?
A Masters in Science, specializing in Marine Botany.

Explain what that entails for us simple folks?
My masters was by dissertation, original research. I studied the seaweed communities on Two Mile Reef in Sodwana Bay, in Northern Natal. I looked at the community composition, I identified new seaweed species (new to South African shores) as well as one potentially new to science.

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Interesting! How do you feel today (graduation day)?
Now that graduation is over and the degree is finished, I am exhausted, but the biggest relief was when I handed in my thesis. That was huge. It has been a very long journey. Literally blood, sweat and tears went into the research and field work. I just cant believe it is over, now onto the next chapter.

What is the next thing, future plans?
Get a job, something in my field. Something in environmental sciences. I want to try make a difference even if it is a small one.

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Message to family, friends and lecturers who carried you through?
Especially to my parents, they have really supported me the whole way. My lecturers, John bolton and Robert Anderson, whenever I was down or couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, they always had some words of encouragement and some often needed humor. My Cape Town family, while I lived here Sandy and Sandra Kay, really kept my spirits afloat.

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