• Barry

    Dr Barry Clark

    Marine, estuarine and coastal ecosystems; Freshwater fish; Birds; Natural systems management

    Dr Clark has a BSc Hons in Zoology and PhD in Marine Ecology. He founded Anchor in 1996 and has 33 years’ experience consulting on coastal, estuarine and marine ecosystem and resources management.  His particular interests are estuaries, fish (including freshwater) and corals as well as marine biodiversity and protected areas.  This has taken him to tropical, subtropical and temperate marine and freshwater ecosystems throughout much of Africa and its islands, as well as into the Middle east (UAE) and Europe (Azerbaijan, Greenland).  His work has involved conservation planning, monitoring and assessment of human impacts on estuarine, rocky shore, sandy beach, mangrove, and coral reef ecosystems as well as coastal and littoral zone processes, aquaculture and fisheries.  Dr Clark is the author of 27 scientific publications as well as numerous scientific reports and popular articles in the free press.  

  • Jane

    Dr Jane Turpie

    Biodiversity & ecosystem services assessment & accounting; Environmental economics and policy; Socio-ecological systems; Nature-based solutions; Conservation and financing strategy; Biodiversity economy; Estuaries, birds and environmental flows; Water

    Dr Turpie has a PhD in estuarine ecology and 36 years of experience in ecology, conservation and environmental economics. Her interests and experience are broad and multidisciplinary, and she thrives on the development of innovative methods and solutions and the integration of ecological and socio-economic aspects of natural resource management problems. She developed a method for assessing estuary health which is widely used and has been deeply involved in the methods and application of environmental flows and conducting specialist studies on birds.  She has led the integrated planning of estuary conservation in South Africa. She has undertaken groundbreaking studies on the quantification and valuation of ecosystem services for mainstreaming biodiversity in decision-making, planning and policy. She was part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment framework development team in 2003 that led to the widespread classification system for ecosystem services and involved in the finalisation and testing of the UN's methods for Ecosystem Accounting in 2021.  She has led studies to design efficient, nature-based solutions and financing mechanisms for water security, including pricing strategies, payments for ecosystem services and certification schemes. She has led large multidisciplinary field and modelling studies on the rehabilitation of ecosystems and on reversing land degradation.  She has also led studies on green economy development at local to multi-country scales and has developed a framework for the consideration of poverty and gender dimensions for the IOC-UNESCO guidelines on marine spatial planning.  Dr Turpie is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit, School of Economics, University of Cape Town and Honorary Research Fellow of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. She maintains strong academic ties and has supervised 44 postgraduate students and written 66 peer-reviewed papers, 12 book chapters and many technical reports.

  • Ken

    Dr Ken Hutchings

    Project management, Marine and estuarine ecology; Fisheries; Mariculture; Scientific dive supervisor

    Ken has 26 years of experience working on fisheries and mariculture research and management, estuarine research and management, marine and estuarine spatial planning and management, marine impact assessment, research and conservation strategy development, fishery socio-economic studies, biological sampling and fish life-history studies, taxonomy, population genetics, fisheries modelling, marine ecotoxicology, physico-chemical, ecological and biodiversity surveys of marine, estuarine and freshwater habitats.  He has worked throughout much of southern, eastern and western Africa, as well as in New Zealand and Belize. He has practical experience in several commercial fishery sectors and has managed large-scale fishery scientific observer programmes.  Dr Hutchings is a research associate of the University of Cape Town’s Marine Research Institute and has published 16 scientific papers as well as numerous consulting reports.

  • Gwyn

    Gwyneth Letley

    Conservation Biology; Ecosystem services; Environmental Economics; Tourism

    Gwyneth has a background in ecology, an MSc in Conservation Biology and a postgrad certificate in Applied Environmental Economics, and has honed her skills in quantitative statistical and econometric analysis. She has 16 years of experience working on the social and economic aspects of natural resource management and conservation, focusing mainly on the valuation of ecosystem services, the design and economic analysis of nature-based solutions, the evaluation of incentive and financing mechanisms such as certification and payments for ecosystem services, the analysis of tradeoffs in determining environmental flow allocations, the assessment of impacts of infrastructure and mining developments on tourism, and integrated conservation planning using Marxan.  Gwyn has worked on projects in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ghana.

  • Amy

    Amy Wright

    Marine ecology; Hydrodynamic modelling; Marine and estuarine systems management; Regulatory guideline compliance

    Amy has an MSc degree in Biological Sciences and BSc. Hons. degrees in Marine Biology and Applied Biology from the University of Cape Town. She is currently a Senior Consultant for Marine Ecosystems & Resources at Anchor Environmental and a professionally registered Natural Scientist (SACNASP 131256).  She is a marine ecologist with direct experience in the undertaking and application of two- and three-dimensional hydrodynamic modelling of marine and estuarine systems to inform impact assessments and regulatory compliance, as well as monitoring program design and implementation. She is proficient in hydrodynamic, water quality and particle tracking applications across a range of numerical model systems, with experience in Delft3D modelling suite (FLOW), CorMIX, Deltares MAMPEC and Ancylus MOM, and training in Delft3D (SWAN, WAQ, PART) and Delft3D FM (FLOW, WAQ). She has dispersion modelling, impact assessment, permitting and environmental auditing experience across a range of diverse industries, including land- and sea-based mariculture, maritime and estuarine engineering, dredging and offshore mining operations, reverse osmosis operations, power and gas facility intake, discharge and cooling (including green hydrogen systems), offshore oil and gas operations, fisheries processing and discharge, and shipping (ballast, antifoulants, heavy metals).  She has experience across South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania. 

  • Aiden

    Aiden Biccard

    Marine biology; Marine and estuarine benthic invertebrate biology; Scientific diver and supervisor

    Aiden has more than 11 years of research and consulting experience in ecological and biodiversity surveys of marine, estuarine and freshwater benthic habitats, invertebrate taxonomy and systematics, specialist marine impact assessments, biofouling, hydrocarbon, antifoulant and trace metal pollution and physico-chemical surveys. He has recently reviewed the barnacle fauna of South Africa and has undertaken the specialist role of invertebrate taxonomist for various local and international clients. Aiden is author of 5 peer-reviewed scientific publications and many specialist reports in his capacity as a benthic invertebrate biologist. Aiden has undertaken biodiversity field surveys and assessments in South Africa, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Somaliland and Mozambique. Aiden also has more than 16 years working experience as a class IV scientific diver/supervisor and small craft skipper.

  • Jess

    Dr Jessica Dawson

    Marine biology; Marine and estuarine invertebrate biology and taxonomy; Scientific diver

    Jessica has a background in marine biology, estuarine community ecology and food webs, benthic invertebrate biology and taxonomy, and is a class IV commercial/scientific diver.   She has a PhD in estuarine ecology (zoology) from the University of Cape Town.  Her academic training has enabled her to acquire skills in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, exposing her to a broad array of scientific methods. Jessica has worked on the taxonomic descriptions of new species (BSc Hon. UCT), the effects of grazers on community structure of soft-sediment estuarine and rocky shore communities (BSc Hon. and MSc., UCT) and the indirect effects of the presence of large herbivore species on benthic estuarine communities and food web structure during a drought (PhD).  Jessica has additionally been working as a taxonomic specialist on the benthic invertebrates of the Western Indian Ocean, as well as species from the Southwest Atlantic Ocean (NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programme). During her studies she has collaborated with both international and local researchers, spending time as a research assistant for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre in the USA, as well as working with academic teams from several South African universities. Her training has equipped her to consult on a wide variety of research and consulting projects incorporating the conservation of intertidal, sub-tidal, marine, and estuarine ecosystems. Jessica has co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles in well recognised scientific journals as well review for the Quarterly Review of Biology.

  • Kevin

    Kevin Schmidt

    Marine Ecosystem Sciences; Physical Oceanography, Remote Sensing; GIS; Scientific & Technical Diver

    Kevin has an undergraduate degree (BSc and Hon) in Marine Ecosystem Sciences from the University of Delaware and a graduate degree (MSc) in Applied Marine Sciences from the University of Cape Town. During his undergraduate degree, he investigated the influence of anthropogenic climate change on community dynamics of coral reef and their associated ecosystems.  During his graduate degree, he collaborated with scientists from the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO) to investigate the wind field variability of the Southern Ocean using WaveGlider technology and remotely sensed satellite reanalysis data.  In January of 2017 he published his MSc findings in the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Technology (JTECH).  Since then, Kevin has been actively incorporating satellite-derived data “on the ground”; performing validation and extrapolation tasks to broaden the spatial and temporal coverage of atmospheric, land and oceanographic variable datasets.  With his expertise in querying global repositories, he can provide his peers and clients holistic and globally unique data inputs for impact assessments, variability studies and computational fluid dynamic models.  Kevin intends to use these remotely sensed environmental variables, satellite imagery, and machine learning to bridge the gap between ecology and oceanography and to increase the efficacy of ecological surveying techniques and the strategic implementation of conservation management strategies.

  • Adam

    Dr Adam Rees

    Marine ecology; Fisheries; Natural resources management; GIS

    Dr Adam Rees has a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Plymouth, UK. He has experience in temperate marine ecology, benthic ecosystems research, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning and management, marine impact assessment, commercial and recreational fisheries. He is well experienced in quantifying and assessing changes to benthic systems, affected by marine protected areas (MPAs), fisheries/offshore aquaculture, marine renewable energy installations and anthropogenic developments/modifications. His PhD assessed the effects of commercial potting on reef habitats and the associated commercially important fauna within an MPA. He has published in class A scientific journals as lead author. One of his papers is in the Top 100 downloaded papers in Ecology for 2021 from Scientific Reports (Nature portfolio publishing group) and is now influencing inshore fisheries management policy of the UK and Europe. He is proficient in ecological survey design and planning, underwater video sampling and analyses, multivariate analysis of large quantitative datasets (PERMANOVA, R), spatial data analyses (ArcGIS, QGIS), boat and lab fieldwork and data collection, technical reporting, project and budget management, stakeholder engagement, grant writing and public speaking. He is a SACNASP registered Professional Natural Scientist in Aquatic Science (Registration Number: 141530). He has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Plymouth and the Blue Marine Foundation (international marine eNGO) and is currently a Visiting Researcher with the University of Plymouth. He has practical experience in several commercial fishery sectors and has good understanding of commercial fishery assessments and management. 

  • Johanna

    Johanna Brühl

    Environmental economics; Environmental policy; Ecosystem services; Biodiversity economy; Conservation; Sustainable development

    Johanna Brühl holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School. Johanna’s interests are in the fields of environmental policy and economics, the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, the biodiversity economy, and the design of strategies to increase biodiversity conservation. Johanna’s previous work at the Environmental Policy Research Unit (EPRU), part of the Environment for Development (EfD), focused on water economics and water policy in developing country contexts. At EPRU, she designed, implemented, and evaluated large-scale projects to achieve more sustainable water management in South Africa. She has a strong background in data management and quantitative and qualitative analyses and evaluations.

  • Robyn

    Dr Robyn Payne

    Marine biology; Marine and estuarine invertebrate taxonomy; Scientific diver

    Dr Robyn Payne has a background in marine biology research, with specific interests in biodiversity and invertebrate taxonomy, particularly of organisms from the Western Indian Ocean.  She has a PhD in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology from the University of the Western Cape, with a focus on marine sponge diversity and taxonomy in the Amathole region (Eastern Cape).  Robyn has extensive experience in ship-based marine ecological collections and has been involved in various workshops relating to marine research, governance and taxonomy.  Her training has equipped her to consult on a wide variety of research and consulting projects incorporating the conservation of intertidal, sub-tidal and marine ecosystems.  She is the author of five scientific publications, which include the description of new species, as well as a chapter in a field guide.

  • Cher

    Cheruscha Swart

    Environmental Assessment Practitioner; impact assessments; terrestrial and marine ecology; invasion biology; invertebrate taxonmy

    Cheruscha has a BSc Hons in Biodiversity and Ecology and an MSc in Zoology, and is a Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAPASA 2021/3298) with eight years of research and consulting experience. Cheruscha has worked extensively on benthic invertebrates, and has authored three peer reviewed scientific publications and numerous specialist studies on the impacts of developments. She now manages a range of projects including applications for prospecting, ranching and other operational rights, environmental licenses and environmental authorisations, specialist impact assessments and baseline studies, environmental monitoring of important conservation and disturbed habitats and monitoring environmental compliance of various operations. Her projects include land-based and offshore prospecting operations, offshore mining operations, greenhouse agricultural projects, land- and sea-based aquaculture facilities and monitoring the health of bays and ports along the West Coast.

  • Luke

    Luke Wilson

    Conservation biology, GIS, Ecosystem services, Landscape ecology

    Luke holds an MPhil in Conservation Biology and a BSocSc Hons in Environmental and Geographical Studies. His academic training has exposed him to a broad range of disciplines across both the natural sciences and the humanities, ranging from pure ecology to fields like ethics, sociology and anthropology. This has equipped him well to meet the demands of the increasingly multidisciplinary environmental and conservation sphere. His MPhil dissertation involved the assessment of elephant browsing around waterholes in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park to inform future water augmentation plans in the park. In his time at Anchor so far, Luke has been involved in natural capital accounting, geospatial analysis and hydrological modelling using the InVEST software packages. In his spare time, he is a keen contributor to the South African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2).

  • Michael

    Michael Armitage

    Integrated Environmental Management; Estuary management; Water quality; GIS

    Michael holds an MSc in Environmental and Geographical Science (EGS) and a BSc in EGS and Archaeology.  His MSc research involved field research and comparative analysis on heavy metal contamination in the Knysna Estuary in South Africa and the Yangtze Estuary in China.  His key focus areas are the integrated management of environment, estuaries and water resources, with strong interests in pollution issues and archaeology.  He is invested in pursuing integrated, “nature-based” solutions to problems traditionally solved with grey infrastructure design choices.  Michael thrives on unpacking the complexities of dynamic systems and using this knowledge to optimise integrated management strategies.

     

  • Tahlia

    Tahlia Henry

    Physical oceanography, Remote sensing & GIS, Scientific diver, Hydrographic survey

    Tahlia is a physical oceanographer with a background in operational oceanography and hydrographic survey. She completed her BTech at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where her work and studies focused on the physical oceanographic dynamics of the Prince Edward Island region. Tahlia has an MSc in Hydrography from the University of Plymouth in which her dissertation focused on sediment and current dynamics in estuarine regions to best monitor and salvage sunken wrecks using hydrographic survey techniques. Tahlia is currently completing an MSc in Physical Oceanography at Nelson Mandela University which focuses on investigating connectivity between Sub-Antarctic islands using Lagrangian modelling techniques. These postgraduate studies have given Tahlia skills in remotely sensed and oceanographic data collection, data analysis, coding, research report writing and presenting. Tahlia has worked as an oceanographic technician serving onboard marine research vessels overseeing operation, maintenance and validation of oceanographic instruments. As part of her offshore work experience, she has had the opportunity to build skills in the fields of operational/physical oceanography and hydrography. Tahlia is currently an environmental consultant at Anchor Environmental Consultants. Her responsibilities include data collection (scientific diving), instrument maintenance, GIS mapping, data processing, report writing and assisting within the hydrodynamic modelling team.

  • Lily

    Lily Bovim

    Marine and estuarine ecology; Fisheries; Natural resource management

    Lily has an International Master in Marine Biological Resources Management from multiple European universities, a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences from the University of Cape Town, and a background in marine biology and oceanography. Her MSc thesis involved using satellite telemetry data to determine the depth and temperature preferences of meagre (Argyrosomus regius) in the NE Atlantic, which assisted in fostering her interest in data analysis. An internship with the Freshwater Research Centre broadened Lily’s skills to include the freshwater realm, but the marine sciences are where her heart lies. Lily’s academic experience has exposed her to subjects including intertidal ecology, fishing gear technology, European fisheries policy, and satellite telemetry. Lily has so far assisted in consulting on projects involving intertidal, marine, and estuarine systems.

     

  • Julia

    Julia Ndou

    Freshwater, estuarine, and terrestrial ecology; impact assessments; bioassessments; environmental monitoring and management

    Julia has an MSc in Aquatic Health (Zoology), a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and a BSc in Biochemistry and Zoology from the University of Johannesburg.  She is an accredited and experienced South African Scoring System version 5 (SASS5) bioassessment practitioner.  Her training and experience include environmental monitoring and impact assessments and aquatic, wetland and terrestrial biodiversity and ecology. She has assisted mines with their environmental compliance according to government legislations in the fulfilment of Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, Mining Right Applications, Water Use License Applications, Biodiversity Action Plans and Biodiversity Management Plans.  She currently focuses on freshwater, estuarine and terrestrial baseline and impact assessments, environmental management plans and monitoring compliance, applications for prospecting, mining and other operational rights, conservation and monitoring of protected species and habitats.

     

  • Sisanda

    Sisanda Dalasile

    Environmental Management; Marine and estuarine invertebrate taxonomy; Environmental Impact Assessments

    Sisanda obtained a BTech Degree in Environmental Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is currently finalising her Master’s in Environmental Health.  Her training and experience have made her highly competent within a variety of disciplines, including environmental monitoring and impact assessments; Water Use License Applications; and collecting water quality samples for laboratory analyses.  Her previous work experience as a Health and Safety officer included environmental compliance; the design and implementation of Environmental Management Programmes (EMPrs); and environmental incident reporting.  Within Anchor, she is responsible for managing the public participation processes as part of the EIA team, compiling Environmental Impact Assessment and Basic Assessment reports and EMPrs.  Much of her experience has been acquired through working on various projects on the West Coast of South Africa, including Saldanha Bay.

  • Bianca

    Bianca Lombard

    Office Manager

    Bianca has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and over 10 years’ experience in office management and corporate administration. She has a diverse background in high-volume fast paced corporate environments and has worked in a variety of industries. She ensures the smooth and harmonious operations of the office, and enjoys working in a company that makes a difference to the various facets of the environment through their research and project management.

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    Yi-Ting Ho

    Marine biology, Genetics, Benthic taxonomy

    Yi-Ting has a background in marine biology, applied biology, and genetics. Her Bachelor of Science (Honours) project focused on investigating the first macroparasite assemblage of the blackbelly rosefish (Helicolenus dactylopterus) along the western coastline of South Africa. Exploring the population genetics of the endemic red-chested sea cucumber (Hemiocnus insolens) comprised her Master of Science (MSc) in Biological Sciences. During this time, she refined her skills in molecular techniques like DNA extractions, polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), and new generation sequencing (NGS). Yi-Ting has extensive fieldwork experience, and in 2022 she worked on a scientific research vessel under African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP). She is now honing her skills in benthic taxonomy at Anchor Environmental. 

  • Amore Malan

    Amore Malan

    Marine biology; Marine and estuarine benthic invertebrate biology

    Amoré has a background in botany and zoology, with a specific interest in marine ecology and the taxonomy of benthic/deep-sea fauna. She obtained a BSc Hons in Biodiversity and Ecology and an MSc in Zoology at Stellenbosch University (SU). Her honours thesis focused on identifying a shell-boring polychaete (i.e., segmented marine worm) found in marine environments worldwide that she subsequently published in Marine Biodiversity. In 2022, she graduated Cum Laude at SU with her MSc thesis, which explored the genetic relation and demographic history of Brown fur seals, Arctocephalus pusillus, across the Indian Ocean. For this work, she received the Junior Captain Scott Medal for the best Master of Science dissertation submitted at a South African university and published her work in Biology Letters. During her academic journey, she has gained extensive experience in marine invertebrate taxonomy, systematics, population genetics/genomics, and monitoring of aquatic environments. Amoré is currently a Consultant for Marine Ecosystems & Resources at Anchor Environmental Consultants, where she has gained experience in taxonomic identification on benthic invertebrates from the Western Indian Ocean, as well as species from the Southwest Atlantic Ocean and estuaries around the South African Coastline. She also recently gained experience in ship-based biological sample collection and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) identification of marine fauna in deep-sea environments. She is further involved in ecological data analyses, and reporting on various projects, including the annual De Beers Marine Namibia Environmental Monitoring Report, the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programme, and the Creocean off-shore Environmental Baseline Programme. 

Current Job Openings

Namibian Research assistant/Junior Consultant: Marine benthic ecosystems and invertebrate identification

Anchor is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Namibian citizen experienced in identifying invertebrate species. The position involves taxonomic identification work, curation of species collections, data collation, survey design, and collaboration with team members. Applicants should have at least an Honours or Masters degree in a relevant discipline, a strong research background in related fields, a valid passport for training courses in Cape Town, and a driver's license. We are seeking someone with a broad range of interests and a willingness to learn new skills within a multidisciplinary team, to start as soon as possible. Download the full job advert here. Open until the position is filled.

Research assistant/Junior Consultant: Marine benthic ecosystems and invertebrate identification

Anchor is seeking a talented and enthusiastic person with experience in the identification of invertebrate species. We are looking for someone with a broad range of interests and a willingness to learn new skills, to work within a multidisciplinary team, starting as soon as possible. Incumbents applying for the advertised position should have at minimum an Honours or Masters degree in a relevant discipline or combination of disciplines, and a strong background and track record in biological research. Download the full job advert here.  Open until the position is filled.

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