Welcome to episode 78!
My guest today is Lonwabo Manqana, born and bred in South Africa. In this episode, we learn that he always knew he wanted to be a scientist, but he wasn't sure what field he wanted to work in. His physics teacher and his mother, who did agriculture at home, were the two most influential people in his life. Due to this influence, he began a degree in applied chemistry at university but quickly realized that it was not for him. He later changed his major to soil science and hydrology. He chose to specialize in soil science as a postgraduate student. His MSc research is currently focused on developing farm typologies and assessing their fertility gradients and nutrient variation in smallholder farmers in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Lonwabo tells us more about the importance of this research. Further, Lonwabo gets candid and discusses how he failed a module during his undergraduate years and the important lessons he learned since then that have helped him get to where he is now in his academic journey.
Tune in as we hear about all this and so much more.
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