Kiara Brewer, a 23-year-old scientist, has made history as the first female to graduate with a Master’s degree in Agrometeorology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. She achieved this remarkable feat after completing two Bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Environmental Sciences and Geography and Environmental Management at the same university.
Agrometeorology is the study of the interactions between weather, climate and agriculture. It helps farmers and policymakers to optimize crop production and water use efficiency. Brewer’s research involved using drone technology to monitor the state of crops and irrigation scheduling.
Brewer, who currently works as an associate at PwC South Africa, said she was proud of her accomplishment and grateful for the support she received from her family, friends and supervisors. She also said she faced some challenges in transitioning from social sciences to science, but she overcame them with hard work and determination.
Brewer’s achievement is an inspiration for young women who aspire to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She joins a long list of notable female scientists who have changed the world with their research, such as Marie Curie, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Lise Meitner, Barbara McClintock, and Virginia Apgar.
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