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GROUNDTRUTH DIRECTOR

 
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Dr Mark Graham

Specialist Aquatic Scientist

PhD (Botany), Pr. Sci. Nat

E-mail: mark@groundtruth.co.za

+ Mark's background

Formal education

  • PhD (Botany, University of North West (Potchefstroom)
  • MSc (Biological Sciences, University of Natal, Durban)
  • BSc (Agriculture, University Natal, Pietermaritzburg) - majoring in Grassland Sciences
  • Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in Ecological Science - The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • Member -Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS) Member -Freshwater Biological Association
  • Accredited Department of Water and Sanitation SASS5 practitioner, trainer and assessor
  • Current activities and research interests

    Provides specialist inputs to EIAs and Environmental Management Plans, specifically those associated with water related issues. Extensive involvement in the management & development of an ISO 17025 quality accredited laboratory and the National River Health Programme - Quality Assurance programme. Reserve studies, at both the rapid and intermediate level Responsible for the co-development of numerous of the Reserve ecostatus models (e.g. IHI, VEGRAI, MIRAI)

    Experience

    Mark has thirty years experience in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem functioning and management as well as having worked on numerous national and international projects investigating solutions to a range of practical and applied ecological problems.


    groundtruth wetlands division

    Craig Cowden

    Specialist Wetland Ecologist

    BSc (Agriculture), Pr. Sci. Nat.

    E-mail: craig@groundtruth.co.za

    + Craig's background

    Formal education

  • BSc (Agriculture University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg) - Majoring in Wildlife Science and Zoology
  • Professional Memberships/Accreditations

  • Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in Ecological Science - The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • Founding Member - South African Wetland Society
  • Member - Society of Wetland Scientists (International)
  • Member - Society of Ecological Restoration
  • Current activities and research interests

  • Ecosystem functioning and management, specializing in wetland ecosystems
  • Extensive experience in the development of wetland rehabilitation plans and wetland impact offsets
  • Provides specialist solutions and services to local and international industries, consultants, developers, non-government organisations, and regional and national government departments/programmes
  • Experience

    Craig has 17 years experience in ecosystem functioning and management, specialising in wetland ecosystems. He manages the wetland division within GroundTruth, and provides specialist solutions and services to local and international industries, consultants, developers, non-government organisations, and regional and national government departments and programmes.

    THE REST OF THE WETLANDS TEAM

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    Brad Graves

    BSc Hons (Geography & Environmental Management), Pr. Sci. Nat.

    brad@groundtruth.co.za

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    Megan Grewcock

    BSc Hons (Environmental Science: Wetlands)

    megan@groundtruth.co.za

    Fiona Eggers

    MSc (Botany), Pr. Sci. Nat.

    fiona@groundtruth.co.za

     

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    Matthew Janks

    MSc (Botany), Pr. Sci. Nat.

    matt@groundtruth.co.za

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    Lionel Hlongwane

    lionel@groundtruth.co.za

     


    Groundtruth Engineering division

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    Trevor Pike

    Principal Engineer

    BSc Eng (Civil), Pr. Eng. 

    E-mail: trevor@groundtruth.co.za

    + Trevor's background

    Formal Education

  • BSc Engineering - Civil (University of Natal)
  • Professional Memberships:

  • Professional Engineer (Pr Eng) - Engineering Council of South Africa
  • Fellow - South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers
  • Founding Member - South African Wetland Society
  • Current activities and research interests

    Wetland rehabilitation planning, design and implementation. Forestry and agricultural road planning and design. Soil conservation planning, design and implementation. Project management.

    THE REST OF THE ENGINEERING TEAM

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    Ryan Domleo

    BSc Eng

    ryan@groundtruth.co.za

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    Kwanele Mbanjwa

    BSc Eng

    kwanele@groundtruth.co.za

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    Andrew Hull

    BSc Eng

    andrewhull@groundtruth.co.za

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    Kishen Maharaj

    NDip Eng

    kishen@groundtruth.co.za


    groundtruth water division

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    Dr Vere Ross-Gillespie

    Specialist Aquatic Ecologist

    PhD (Zoology), Pr. Sci. Nat 

    E-mail: vere@groundtruth.co.za

    + Vere's background

    Formal Education

  • BSc (Ecology and Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town)
  • BSc Hons. (Zoology, University of Cape Town)
  • Professional Memberships/Accreditations

  • Accredited SASS5 practitioner
  • Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in Ecological Science - The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • Member of the South African Society of Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS)

    Current Activities and Research Interests

    Applied aquatic and ecological research with a speciality in aquatic Entomology. Aquatic ecological assessments including biomonitoring and water quality analysis. Specialist input to assessments of aquatic invertbrate, periphyton/diatom health assessments. GIS mapping and spatial analyses. Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plans. Data management and anlaytical solutions. Providing specialist inputs to EIAs and Environmental Management Plans

    Vere has eight years of experience in the field of aquatic entomology and freshwater ecology. He currently acts as the section manager for the rivers division within GroundTruth, providing specialist freshwater consulting services and solutions for local and international projects. He is also involved in a wide range of active research projects, oth local and international.

    Email: vere@groundtruth.co.za

  • THE REST OF THE RIVERS TEAM

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    Juan Tedder

    BSc (Ecological Science), Cert. Sci. Nat.

    juan@groundtruth.co.za

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    Robert Taylor

    MSc (Ecology), Pr. Sci. Nat.

    robert@groundtruth.co.za

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    Ayanda Lipheyana

    Intern

    ayanda@groundtruth.co.za

     

    groundtruth Biodiversity division

    Gary De Winnaar

    Terrestrial/Aquatic Ecologist

    MSc (Hydrology), Pr. Sci. Nat 

    E-mail: gary@groundtruth.co.za

    + GARY'S BACKGROUND

    Formal Education

  • MSc (Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg)
  • BSc (Hydrology and Zoology, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg)
  • Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Accredited SASS5 practitioner
  • Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in Ecological Science - The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • Current Activities and Research Interests

  • Assessment of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Applied environmental hydrology
  • Fauna and flora surveys, including specialised sampling methods (e.g. bat echolocation monitoring and netting)
  • Aquatic biomonitoring and water quality analysis
  • Spatial modelling, mapping and analysis using GIS, including vegetation/land cover mapping, habitat fragmentation analysis, biodiversity planning, etc.
  • Providing specialist inputs to EIAs and Environmental Management Plans Experience
  • Gary has seven years of experience in the field of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity and ecology. He currently manages the biodiversity division within GroundTruth, providing specialist services and solutions for local and international projects.


    Groundtruth administration

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    Penny Chambers

    penny@groundtruth.co.za

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    Allyson Robertson

    allyson@groundtruth.co.za

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    Jenna Taylor

    BSocSci (Geography & Environmental Management)

    jenna@groundtruth.co.za