​Dr. Valby Schijndel

Phone (021) 808 3814

Email valby@sun.ac.za



  • BSc Geology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • MSc Geology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • PhD University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Title "Precambrian crustal evolution of the Rehoboth Province, southern Africa"

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow Stellenbosch University (August 2013)


Research interests:

Geochronology, Metamorphic petrology, PT modelling, Archaean Geology, Geology of southern Africa


Current Projects:

Understanding Archaean geodynamic processes by modelling metamorphism, Barberton and Swaziland (Funded by the NRF and Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships 2014-2016).

This project aims to use metamorphic information from rocks of the Ancient Gneiss Complex (Swaziland), the Assegaai-De Kraalen and the Barberton Granitoid-Greenstone belts (South Africa) to constrain the geodynamic scenarios relevant to metamorphism in these rocks. This will include new results from a metamorphic study combined with geochronology on the volcano-sedimentary rocks of the Dwalile Supracrustal Suite of the Ancient Gneiss Complex. As well as combining this work with PT-time path information produced by earlier works within the region to fit the geodynamic scenarios together and determine the nature and especially rate of the processes involved.



Cornell, D.H., van Schijndel, V., Simonsen, S.L., Frei, D., 2015. Geochronology of Mesoproterozoic hybrid intrusions in the Konkiep Terrane, Namibia, from passive to active continental margin in the Namaqua-Natal Wilson Cycle. Precambrian Research 265, 166-188, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2014.11.028

Mapani, B., Cornell, D.H., van Schijndel, V., 2014. Geochronology and tectonic evolution of the Hohewarte Complex, central Namibia: New insights in Paleoproterozoic to Early Neoproterozoic crustal accretion processes, Journal of African Earth Sciences 99, 228-244, doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2014.06.021

van Schijndel, V., Cornell, D.H., Frei, D., Simonsen, S.L., Whitehouse, M.J., 2014. Crustal evolution of the Rehoboth Province from Archaean to Mesoproterozoic times: Insights from the Rehoboth Basement Inlier. Precambrian Research 240, 22-36, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2013.10.014

van Schijndel, V., 2013. Precambrian Crustal Evolution of the Rehoboth Province, Southern Africa. Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. http://hdl.handle.net/2077/32673

van Schijndel, V., Cornell, D.H., Hoffmann, K.-H., Frei, D. 2011b. Three episodes of crustal development in the Rehoboth Province, Namibia. In: Van Hinsbergen, D. J. J., Buiter, S. J. H., Torsvik, T. H., Gaina, C. & Webb, S. J. (eds). The Formation and Evolution of Africa: A Synopsis of 3.8 Ga of Earth History. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 357, 27-47, doi:10.1144/SP357.3

van Schijndel, V., Cornell, D.H., Karlsson, L., Olsson, J.R. 2011a. Baddeleyite geochronology and geochemistry of mafic cobbles from the Dwyka diamictite: New insights into the sub-Kalahari basement, South Africa. Lithos 126, 307-320, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2011.07.019

Cornell, D.H., van Schijndel, V., Ingolfsson, I., Scherstén, A., Karlsson, L., Wojtyla, J., Karlsson, K. 2010. Evidence from Dwyka tillite cobbles of Archaean basement beneath the Kalahari sands of southern Africa. Lithos 125 (1-2), 482-502, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2011.03.006