Meet the team
Dr Barry Clark
Dr Barry Clark is founder and Director of Anchor Environmental Consultants. He has twenty-one years’ experience in marine biological research and consulting on coastal zone and marine issues. He has worked as a scientific researcher, lecturer and consultant and has experience in tropical, subtropical and temperate ecosystems. His work has focused on 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. Barry is the author of 27 scientific publications in class A scientific journals as well as numerous scientific reports and popular articles in the free press. Geographically, his main area of expertise is southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius and Angola), but he also has working experience from elsewhere in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria), the Middle East (UAE) and Europe (Azerbaijan).
Dr Jane Turpie
Dr Jane Turpie has a background in Ecology and has also worked and taught in the applied fields of Conservation Biology and Resource Economics for the past 22 years. She is Director of Anchor Environmental Consultants, Senior Research Fellow of the Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit, School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Honorary Research Fellow of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and a member of the co-ordinating committee of the Swedish-based Environment for Development Initiative, a global network of environmental economics academics. Her interests and experience are broad and multidisciplinary, and she thrives on the integration of ecological and socio-economic aspects of natural resource management problems. Her work has included avifaunal studies, estuarine ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem health assessment, water and environmental flows, quantification and valuation of ecosystem services, socio-economic/livelihood assessments, analysing community dependence and pressures on natural resources, modelling ecological-economic systems (estuarine, river systems, wetlands, fynbos, thicket and woodland), incentive and financing systems for conservation, and integrating ecosystem services into conservation, climate change and development planning. She has supervised 39 postgraduate students, published 45 peer-reviewed papers in ecology and economics disciplines, written 12 book chapters, 5 books/published reports and at least 142 technical reports.
Dr Ken Hutchings
Dr Ken Hutchings has experience in 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 participated in international, collaborative studies in these fields in Angola, Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritius and Sierra Leone and has experience of fisheries in Mozambique, Madagascar, Seychelles, New Zealand and Belize. He has practical experience in several commercial fishery sectors and has good understanding of commercial fishery assessments and management. He has undertaken socio-economic and scientific assessments of commercial and recreational fisheries, and has designed and managed 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 and compiled numerous consulting reports for government, NGO and private sector clients.
Dr Megan Laird
Dr Megan Laird is a senior consultant at Anchor Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd. with four years of experience in managing a broad range of marine and coastal projects in South Africa and Namibia. These include marine and coastal specialist studies for Environmental Impacts Assessments (EIAs) and long-term marine and estuarine environmental monitoring studies. She has also acquired skills in the modelling of effluent that is discharged into the marine environment from land-based sources. She earned degrees in zoology and ecology (BSc, BSc-Honours) and marine biology (PhD) from the University of Cape Town. Dr Laird is the author of numerous scientific publications, consulting reports and popular articles in the free press.
Aiden has an MSc from the University of Cape Town, and has a background in zoology, botany and ecology. He has worked on nutrient cycling in the marine environment and pollination biology of fynbos species and now specialises in invertebrate taxonomy and systematics. He has recently reviewed the cirripede fauna of South Africa and undertaken a specialist role of invertebrate taxonomist for the De Beers Marine Namibia Environmental Monitoring Programme and the annual Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust State of the Bay Report among others. He is author of 3 peer-reviewed scientific publications and many specialist reports in his capacity as a taxonomist.
Gwyneth has an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate certificate in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London. During her MSc degree in Conservation Biology she developed a strong interest in the social and economic aspects of natural resource management and conservation. She has worked on the quantitative socio-economic aspects of conservation-development problems in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and has experience in ecosystem services valuation methods, econometric analyses and cost-benefit analysis. Recent studies have included determining the amenity value of green open space in Durban using a hedonic pricing approach, developing a series of water treatment cost models to estimate water quality amelioration value and determining the tourism value of Durban’s green open space system using novel methodologies and big data. Gwyn is also experienced in spatial analysis and conservation planning using Marxan software, and undertook South Africa’s conservation planning of estuaries for the 2012 National Biodiversity Assessment. She has also carried out integrated conservation planning taking ecosystem services into account.
Dr Bruce Mostert
Dr Bruce Mostert has degrees in marine biology, botany and zoology from Rhodes University. His academic training has exposed him to a wide variety of scientific disciplines making him extensively proficient in in a multitude of scientific methods. His main area of scientific study focuses on large scale drivers of ecological patterns and processes. Specifically he has focused on intertidal (BSc Hons and MSc) and mangrove ecosystems (PhD). During his PhD he was exposed to a wide variety of mangrove habitats spanning the east coast of Africa, gaining a full ecological understanding of the mangrove ecosystem. In addition to large scale understanding of processes and patterns in ecological studies, he appreciates the importance of localised influences on ecological patterns and processes therein. He excels in international collaborations and has worked with leading experts in mangrove ecology and is further experienced in working in remote locations under challenging conditions. Bruce has additionally been working as an invertebrate taxonomist specialist for the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programme and invertebrate specialist in the classification of and resource quality objectives for the water resources of the Berg and Breede water management areas. His training has equipped him to consult on a wide variety of research and consulting projects incorporating the conservation of intertidal, sub-tidal, marine, mangrove and estuarine ecosystems.
Katherine has an undergraduate degree in Ecology from the University of Sydney (2008) and her MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town (2013). Her MSc thesis she explored the relationships between restoring biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across a number of different biomes worldwide including grassland and savannah ecosystems. Katherine has been involved in various projects on the ecology of southern African ecosystems over the past 10 years. Through her academic pursuits, prior volunteering and work experience she is not only skilled in many forms of field research, but also in co-ordinating people and research programmes as well as in quantitative data analysis, mapping and scientific writing. Katherine’s expertise lies in quantitative applied ecology and understanding how ecosystems function across landscapes as well as how to maintain and restore these functions. She has also become increasingly focused on GIS over the past 8 years and has applied these skills to the modelling and mapping of ecosystem services at various scales and the analysis of bush encroachment in the region, as well as the creation of visually appealing maps.
Vera earned degrees in marine biology, environmental management and conservation biology (MSc) from the University of Cape Town. Her training has equipped her to consult on research projects incorporating the maintenance and conservation of marine and estuarine ecosystems. She also consults on the biophysical, socio-economic and legal aspects in the assessment of human impacts on coastal and terrestrial environments in the temperate and tropical regions of South Africa. Working at Anchor Environmental Consultants, she has gained experience in drafting environmental legislation, preparing guidelines and developing frameworks to facilitate successful implementation of legislation. Many of her projects involve the monitoring and evaluation of compliance with environmental laws and their associated regulations across varying economic sectors.
Erika has a natural passion for marine environments having spent most of her free time in childhood on or in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Her interests lead her to coastal upwelling environments in Northern California and Alaska where she studied at San Francisco State University and gained work experience with the Department of Fish and Game, California and the United States Geological Survey, BSO, Alaska, in the field and in cartography/GIS related projects. It was during this time that her interest in marine micro- organisms and large scale oceanographic processes was piqued and prompted her MSc. work in Southern Ocean phytoplankton ecology and carbon sequestration at the University of Cape Town. All the while, her connection to upwelling systems was sustained and her knowledge of southern Africa fisheries and MPA management bolstered through a research assistant position at the Marine Research Institute, UCT and various capacity building projects whilst studying. A permanent resident of South Africa, her current work at Anchor Environmental is a composite of marine mapping and spatial planning, invertebrate taxonomy, quantitative data analysis and scientific writing to guide marine conservation and more sustainable coastal and offshore economic development in southern Africa. Erika is co-author of 4 peer reviewed scientific publications as well as several specialist reports.
Kirti has earned degrees in Marine Biology (MSc) and Ocean & Atmosphere Science from the University of Cape Town. Her academic training and field exposure, has equipped her to become highly competent in zoology and ecology. Kirti has a strong and key interest in ecological research, specifically understanding the ecological processes and patterns in sustaining marine ecosystems, along with how climate change/human disturbances influence the stability and integrity of these natural systems. These interests have been showcased and expanded through her postgraduate studies, which have focused largely on intertidal soft-sediment ecosystems (BSc. Hons and MSc). During her MSc, she explored the ecological drivers and differential effects of greater flamingo feeding techniques in intertidal sandflat ecosystems in Langebaan Lagoon, South Africa. This research contributed to ecological literature internationally, where she published as a first author in a class A scientific journal (Marine Ecology Progress Series) on the topic. She has recently been working as an invertebrate taxonomist for the De Beers Marine Namibia and the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programmes.
Amy has an MSc in biological sciences and BSc. Hons degrees in marine biology and applied biology from the University of Cape Town. She consults on research projects incorporating the maintenance and conservation of marine and estuarine ecosystems. Her interests include fisheries management, systems ecology and taxonomy. Amy specialises in fluid dynamic modelling of effluent into both freshwater and marine systems to inform water regulatory guideline compliance and pipeline design. Many of her projects involve monitoring and evaluation across varying economic sectors. She also conducts biophysical and socio-economic aspects in the assessment of human impacts on temperate and tropical coastal regions of South Africa, is involved in monitoring program development as well as data collection, data management and analysis, and has worked as an invertebrate taxonomist. She is the author of two scientific publications in class A scientific journals as well as numerous popular articles in the free press.
Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town (2008) and is completing an MPhil from the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. For his MPhil thesis, Kevin is assessing the vulnerability of South Africa’s national protected areas to climate change by quantifying the impact of climate change on the biodiversity conserved within protected areas as well as the impact on the more socio-economic aspects of protected area management, namely tourism, infrastructure, and neighbouring communities. Kevin’s expertise lies in environmental economic analysis as well as analysing the impact of climate change on complex systems.
Anchor is offering a 6-month internship for a talented and enthusiastic conservation scientist/environmental economist with interests in socio-ecological systems, water and the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, starting Apr/May 2019. We are looking for someone with a relevant Masters or PhD who has strong quantitative, critical thinking and writing skills to assist on a range of projects. Relevant publications, work experience and experience working with spatial data would be