Rivers Team

Dr Mark Graham

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.

Email: mark@groundtruth.co.za

 

Simon Bruton

Formal education

  • MSc (Hydrology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg)
  • BSc (Hydrology and Geography, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Professional Natural Scientist (Pr Sci. Nat) in Water Resources Science - The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Current activities and research interests

  • Hydrological modelling
  • Catchment management planning
  • Water quality monitoring and management plans
  • Aquatic ecosystem functioning and management
  • GIS spatial analytical assessments and modelling
  • Freshwater habitat rehabilitation
  • Citizen science tools for water resources

Email: simon@groundtruth.co.za

 

Juan Tedder

Formal education

  • BSc (Ecology, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg) - majoring in Wildlife Science

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Accredited Department of Water and Sanitation SASS5 practitioner
  • Member -Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS)

Current activities and research interests

  • Regional SASS5 trainer and assessor
  • Biological and chemical water quality monitoring and analysis
  • Aquatic ecosystem functioning and management
  • Delineation of wetland and riparian habitats

Email: juan@groundtruth.co.za

 

Andrew de Villiers

Formal education

  • MSc (Environmental Science, University of the Witwatersrand)
  • PGDip (Business Management, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • BSc (Conservation Ecology, University of Stellenbosch)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Water Institute of Southern Africa
  • Southern African Society of Aquatic
  • Accredited Department of Water and Sanitation SASS5 practitioner
  • Young Water Professionals

Current activities and research interests

  • Ecological Reserve determination studies
  • Ecological risk modelling
  • Aquatic ecosystem health and biodiversity assessments
  • GIS and biodiversity assessments

Email: andrew@groundtruth.co.za

 

Dr Vere Ross-Gillespie

Formal education

  • PhD (Zoology -specializing in freshwater zoology and aquatic entomology, University of Cape Town)
  • BSc (Double major in Ecology, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Accredited SASS5 practitioner

Current activities and research interests

  • Extensive involvement in research around the establishment of water temperature guidelines for the Ecological Reserve
  • Autecological studies on aquatic macroinvertebrates – life-history, egg development, thermal tolerance, rearing
  • River health assessments, aquatic biomonitoring
  • Specialist EIA input
  • Environmental management plans
  • Water quality monitoring and management plans
  • Proficiency with GIS

Email: vere@groundtruth.co.za

 

 

  • Wetlands Team

Wetlands

Craig Cowden

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
  • Member -Society of Wetland Scientists (International)

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 15 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.

Email:   craig@groundtruth.co.za

 

Brad Graves

Formal education

  • BSc Hons (Geography and Environmental Management, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • South African Wetland Society (Founding Member)

Current activities and research interests

  • Project management
  • Ecosystem functioning and management, specializing in wetland ecosystems
  • Delineation of wetland and riparian habitats
  • Wetland rehabilitation
  • Water Use License applications
  • GIS & database management

Email:   brad@groundtruth.co.za

 

Fiona Eggers

Formal education

  • MSc (Botany, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
  • BTech (Nature Conservation, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • Intenational Association for Impact Assessment: South Africa (IAIAsa)
  • South African Wetland Society (Founding Member)

Current activities and research interests

  • Ecosystem functioning and management, specializing in wetland ecosystems
  • Delineation of wetland and riparian habitats
  • Wetland habitat functioning and integrity assessments
  • Wetland rehabilitation
  • Wetland mitigation and offset requirements

Email:   fiona@groundtruth.co.za

 

Scott Haworth

Formal education

  • B SocSci Hons (Geography and Environmental Management, University of KwaZulu – Natal, Pietermaritzburg)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • South African Wetland Society

Current activities and research interests

  • Undertaking MSc focussing on the composition of vegetation and soils through the transition from wetland to upland in Cathedral Peak, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Delineation and wetland and riparian habitats
  • Ecosystem Functioning and management, specializing in wetland ecosystems
  • Wetland habitat functioning and integrity assessments
  • Wetlands Rehabilitation
  • GIS
  • Wetland mitigation and offset requirements

Email:   scott@groundtruth.co.za

 

Megan Grewcock

Formal education

  • BSc Hons (Environmental Science  - Rhodes University)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • South African Wetland Society

Current activities and research interests

  • Undertaking MSc focussing on rates and patterns of sedimentation within the Kingfisher Lake
  • Delineation of wetland and riparian habitats
  • Ecosystem functioning and management, specialising in wetland ecosystems
  • Wetland habitat functioning and integrity assessments
  • Wetlands rehabilitation
  • WRC project, looking to create a monitoring and evaluation framework to assess wetland rehabilitation in South Africa
  • GIS

Email:    megan@groundtruth.co.za  

 

Matt Janks

Formal education

  • MSc (Botany - Rhodes University)

Professional Memberships/Accreditations:

  • South African Wetland Society

Current activities and research interests

  • Delineation of wetland and riparian habitats
  • Wetland functioning and management
  • Floating wetlands
  • GIS

Email:    matt@groundtruth.co.za 

Biodiversity

Gary de Winnaar

 

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.

Email: gary@groundtruth.co.za

 

Environmental Engineering

Trevor Pike

Formal Education

  • BSc Engineering - Civil (University of Natal)

Professional Memberships:

  • Professional Engineer (Pr Eng) - Engineering Council of South Africa
  • Member - South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers
  • South African Wetland Society (founding member)

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

Email: trevor@groundtruth.co.za

 

Ryan Domleo

Formal education

  • BSc Bioresources Engineering (University of KwaZulu Natal)

Current activities and research interests

  • Wetland rehabilitation planning, design and implementation
  • Drainage and irrigation
  • Project management
  • Structural design and drawing

Email:   ryan@groundtruth.co.za

Andrew Hull

Formal education

  • 2011 B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering, University of Kwa Zulu-Natal. Four year Degree (Honours equivalent)
  • 2013 GCC 2010 Contract administration training course

Professional Memberships

  • Candidate Engineer with ECSA
  • Member- South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers 

Current activities and research interestso    Projectmanagement

  • Project Management

  • Contract Management

  • Planning and design of wetland rehabilitation interventions

  • Construction site supervision of large scale civil engineering projects

Email: andrewhull@groundtruth.co.za