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.
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.
Dr Patrick O’Farrell
Dr Patrick O’Farrell has worked within the fields of applied ecology, land-use planning and ecosystem services for the last 20 years. Here he has focussed on understanding social-ecological systems within a development and conservation context. This has involved interdisciplinary engagements, developing spatially explicit models and scenarios that capture social-ecological processes and dynamics, towards understanding human wellbeing. He has co-authored over 50 scientific publications, multiple technical reports and book chapters, and has supervised 7 PhD and Masters students to completion. He has been involved in a number of international ecosystem service assessments and is currently a co-ordinating lead author of the IPBES global values assessment.
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. His PhD focused on comparing the effects of climate change on mangrove invertebrates at the centre (Kenya) and edge (South Africa) of east African mangrove distribution. This work involved extensive field work in both Kenya and South Africa investigating multiples aspects of mangrove ecosystem functionality. In addition to large scale understanding of processes and patterns in ecological studies, Dr Mostert 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. Dr Mostert has additionally been working as an invertebrate taxonomist specialist for De Beers Marine Namibia and 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.
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 earned degrees in Marine Biology 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 two class A scientific journals (Marine Ecology Progress Series and Marine Biology) on the topic. Kirti Gihwala has undertaken a specialist role in invertebrate taxonomy for the De Beers Marine Namibia and the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programmes as well as the annual Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust State of the Bay Report among others. 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.
Amy has a MSc degree in biological sciences and BSc. Hons degrees in marine biology and applied biology from the University of Cape Town. Amy specialises in two- and three-dimensional hydrodynamic modelling of both marine and freshwater systems to inform impact assessments, water regulatory guideline compliance and design of monitoring programs. She has a diverse academic and publication background, including echinoderm taxonomy (BSc Hons, UCT), ecosystem engineering (BSc Hons, UCT) and deep-water crustacean ecology (MSc, UCT). She consults on research projects incorporating the maintenance and conservation of marine and estuarine ecosystems across varying economic sectors. Her work involves biophysical and socio-economic aspects in the assessment of human impacts on temperate and tropical coastal regions of South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius. She is also involved in staff training, monitoring program design and implementation, data management and analysis, and has worked as an invertebrate taxonomist for the De Beers Marine Namibia and the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programmes. She is the author of scientific publications in class A scientific journals as well as numerous popular articles in the free press, including as a children’s author.
Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town (2008), an Honours degree in Economics from UNISA and an MPhil from the African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town. Kevin's work pertains largely to the impact of climate change on biodiversity and society, where he uses his experience in socio-economic and ecosystem services modelling, vulnerability assessment framework development and econometric and spatial analysis to assist governments and NGOs with developing appropriate adaptation responses in African countries. Furthermore, Kevin has developed a framework for which to assess the vulnerability of protected areas to climate change, which has since been applied globally through a number of projects at varying spatial scale. Apart from his work in climate change and protected areas, Kevin also has experience in modelling and assessing the value of ecosystem services across a number of ecosystem types and service types, as well as cost- benefit analysis and financial modeling for nature-based solutions.
Bomikazi has an MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her work focused on the community structure of both marine and freshwater macrobenthic invertebrates and their importance in systems functioning. Her academic training and field exposure have equipped her to consult on zoology and systems ecology in various bioregions. She also has experience in biological oceanography, including zooplankton taxonomy and chlorophyll analysis. Bomikazi has undertaken a specialist role in invertebrate taxonomy for the De Beers Marine Namibia and the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programmes as well as the annual Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust State of the Bay Report among others. Her interests include estuarine and coastal ecology as well as conservation and planning, global change and sustainability.
Kevin has an undergraduate degree (BSc and BSc 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. His work has focused on the influence of anthropogenic climate change upon community dynamics of coral reef ecosystems. He has 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 remote sensing. He also has a passion for international conservation outreach efforts as a scientist, lecturer, technician, and dive instructor. As a rebreather diver, technical diver, and scientific diver, Kevin’s interest is to bridge the gap between ecology and oceanography through the application of ocean and satellite sensors in ecological surveying techniques and conservation management strategies.
Dr Jessica Dawson
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 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 four peer-reviewed articles in well recognised scientific journals as well review for the Quarterly Review of Biology.
Cheruscha has an MSc in Biodiversity and Ecology from Stellenbosch University. Her work focused on producing and implementing novel approaches to understand the drivers governing successful invasions, their impacts and identifying species of concern. Her project was the first in South Africa to identify, prioritise and create a watch-list of emerging marine invaders. Her training and experience have equipped her to consult within a variety of disciplines including environmental monitoring and assessments, terrestrial and marine ecology, invasion biology, marine invertebrate taxonomy and biology and conservation biology. Her other interests also include environmental legislation and management, and sustainable development. Cheruscha is the author of three peer reviewed scientific publications and has contributed to various scientific reports.
Safiyya has degrees in Zoology, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, Marine Biology and Ocean & Atmospheric Science. She is a marine invertebrate taxonomist, with a focus on South African polychaetes (MSc) and benthic macrofaunal communities off southern Namibia (BSc. Hons). She is particularly interested in deep sea mining and has worked with organisations such as the International Seabed Authority. Her other interests include conservation planning, climate change and biodiversity. Safiyya has undertaken a specialist role in invertebrate taxonomy for the De Beers Marine Namibia Environmental Monitoring Programme.
Joshua recently completed his MSc in Conservation Biology (awaiting graduation) and holds a BSc Hons in Ecology, Environment and Conservation. His MSc focused on his primary interests in regional- and landscape-scale biodiversity conservation and planning, by undertaking a historical analysis of spatiotemporal riparian woodland change and its drivers, in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. He has cumulatively over five years of experience using GIS to conduct ecological analyses, developing sensitivity maps and cartographic design; producing several other maps for various reports in suitable and meaningful ways. Joshua’s previous work involves avifaunal monitoring and reporting, particularly in the renewable energy space with substantial field-experience, as well as experience in scoping and EIA reporting. He is also involved in developing digital solutions for recreational activities using geospatial technologies and aligning these to sustainability and enhancing land management. He is currently responsible for the geospatial aspects of projects involving National Capital Accounting and ecosystem service modelling and mapping.
Anelisa has a BTech degree in Environmental Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and certificate in Understanding Environmental Impact Assessment. She has worked as a Marine Conservation Inspector for Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, focusing on environmental law. Anelisa is currently an invertebrate taxonomist for the De Beers Marine Namibia Environmental Monitoring Programme as well as the annual Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust State of the Bay Report among others.
Sesethu has a BTech in Environmental Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her academic training has equipped her to understand various aspects of environmental management systems including impact assessments. Her interests include water demand, energy and transport impacts, environmental impact assessments and environmental policies. She also has experience in Health and Safety inspections and EIA audits. Currently she works as a laboratory technician and field assistant on different projects such as De Beers Marine Namibia and the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programmes as well as the annual Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust State of the Bay Report and Mhlathuze Water Outfall Monitoring Program amongst others.
Songezo has an BTech in Environmental Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. His academic training has equipped him to understand various aspects of environmental management system and knowledge to identify significant impacts on the environment and human health. He worked on monitoring of wastewater treatment plants under department of Public Works, where he was ensuring that the plant met the sewage purification objectives, to ensure compliance with current legislation and permit standards. Currently he works as a laboratory technician and field assistant on different projects such as De Beers Marine Namibia and the NAMDEB Diamond Corporation Environmental Monitoring Programmes as well as the annual Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust State of the Bay Report.
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.
Anchor Environmental Consultants has an opening for a talented and enthusiastic laboratory technician/researcher who can assist with toxicity testing and sample processing and analysis in our laboratory in Tokai, Cape Town, starting January 2020. We are looking for someone with a BSc (Hons) degree (or equivalent) with lots of initiative but who is also careful and meticulous to assist on a range of projects where sample processing and analysis is required.