Marina Coetzee’s main research interests are soil classification and characterisation and climate change. Her career includes 20 years of wide-ranging experience as a chief agricultural researcher and head of the Agricultural Laboratory at the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, working on Namibian agriculture-related natural resources, crop growth and yield modelling, and climate change adaptation.
She joined the faculty of NUST in 2010, where she teaches courses in land evaluation, land use planning, natural resource management, sustainable development and soil science. Over the last few years, she has concentrated on updating the National Soil Map of Namibia and the National Soil Profile Database.
She is currently engaged in a sampling campaign for the Soils4Africa project, which aims to provide an open-access soil information system across the African continent. Her favourite soils are the Gypsisols of the Namib.