Our Team

OUR TEAM

The FRC is a dynamic team of committed and passionate professionals with a diverse range of skills in the aquatic sciences with advanced degrees and years of experience between them. Our common ambition is to deliver relevant science of the highest standard and to become a leading and authoritative source of information in the field.

Helen Dallas – Executive Director

Helen has over 30 years’ experience working on and leading collaborative research projects on the ecology, conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems in southern Africa. She holds a PHD from the University of Cape Town (UCT) where her freshwater career

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Jenny Day – Director

Jenny joined our Board of Directors in 2017. She has over 35 years’ experience in the field of aquatic ecology and the conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems. The biology of freshwater crustaceans has always been of particular interest and

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Mao Amis – Director

Dr Amis is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriCGE). AfriCGE is a non-profit think thank and capacity building organisation based in South Africa. Prior to founding Africege, Dr. Amis worked as programme

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Marycke Roche – Financial Manager

Marycke Roche is a Chartered Accountant and overseas the financial management of FRC. Marycke graduated as a CA (SA) in 1991. She has been running her own practice since 1996 and serves clients in various industries with various functions, the

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Jeremy Shelton – Researcher

Jeremy has 10 years of experience working in the field of freshwater ecology. The main thrust of his research is on understanding the consequences of species invasions for stream community structure and function, and he is passionate about conserving threatened

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Bruce Paxton – Researcher

Bruce has 15 years of experience in aquatic ecology. Bruce’s main area of interest and expertise is in understanding the links between the biological and physical components of river systems and the implications this has for their management. He has

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Justine Ewart-Smith – Researcher

Justine Ewart-Smith is a Cape Town based consultant and researcher with 18 years of experience in freshwater ecology, ranging from specialist input into biomonitoring, strategic environmental assessments and situation assessments, to environmental flow studies both locally and abroad. Justine was

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Dean Ollis – Researcher

Dean has more than 15 years of experience working on inland water ecosystems, both as a researcher and a consultant. He holds an MPhil degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town and an MSc degree in Ecological

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Kate Snaddon – Researcher

Kate has 19 years of experience in the field of freshwater ecology (both as a researcher and specialist consultant) and environmental consulting (including environmental auditing and waste management). Her specialist skills lie in the areas of freshwater macro-invertebrate identification and

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James Dabrowski – Researcher

James Dabrowski holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and was previously employed as a Specialist Scientist by the Department of Water and Sanitation and as a Principal Researcher by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),

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Dean Impson – Researcher

Dean has 25 years of experience working in the field of river and freshwater fish conservation as a conservation scientist. He enjoys working on research projects that focus on conservation of native fishes and associated ecosystems, and the impacts of

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Nick Rivers-Moore – Researcher

Nick is an aquatic ecologist with 15 years of professional experience in this field. After completing a PhD in Hydrology at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in 2003, he went on to a post-doctorate at the Institute for Water Research

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Janette Lumley – Office Administrator

Janette Lumley joined FRC in 2018 as the office administrator. She has over 12 years’ experience in various roles including website maintenance, data capturing, bookkeeping, accounting software, software development and she also owned her own small business for 5 years.

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INTERNS AND STUDENTS

Daniel van Blerk – MSc Student

Daniel grew up in the Garden Route, where a love for fishing and the outdoors was instilled. He completed his undergraduate and Honors degrees in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University. He is currently doing his MSc in Zoology at

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Steve Avidon – MSc Student

Steve is a resident Wild Coast ecologist with a passion rooted in exploring freshwater ecosystems in the region. Steve has studied a BSc in Natural Sciences at UNISA and a BSc in Agricultural Sciences at Stellenbosch University. His introduction to

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Jody-Lee Reizenberg – PhD student

Jody studied at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 2012 with a BSc in Zoology, Ecology, and Environmental and Geographical Science. During her undergraduate degree she also worked for the Freshwater Consulting Group as a field assistant to Dr

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Nonkanyiso Zungu – PhD student

Nonkanyiso is a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) registered with SACNASP. She is currently a PHD candidate at the University of Cape Town doing research on the potential impact of climate change on freshwater macroinvertebrate species. She is supervised by Dr

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Cecilia Cerrilla – PhD student

Ceci obtained her BSc degree in environmental science from Brown University in 2016. After a couple of years spent working on ornithological field projects, she enrolled at the University of Cape Town for her MSc in conservation biology and obtained

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Mohammed Kajee – PhD student

Originating from Johannesburg, Mohammed obtained his BSc degree at the University of Cape Town in Marine Biology and Applied Biology in 2014. He then went on to complete his Honours degree in Marine Biology the following year. Mohammed then undertook

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PAST INTERNS AND STUDENTS

Toni Olsen – Intern 2016

Toni obtained her BSc in Environmental and Geographical Sciences in 2014 at the University of Cape Town. She went on to study her Honours in Biological Sciences at UCT and graduated in 2015. Toni then enrolled in the DST-NRF internship

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Pfananani Ramulifho – PhD student

Pfananani obtained his junior degree (Geography, 2010) and Environmental Science Honours degree (2011) from University of Venda. His journey with FRC started in 2012 when he enrolled for MSc in Hydrology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the supervision of

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Keir Lynch – MSc student

Keir Lynch obtained his National Diploma in Nature Conservation at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He worked for several years in natural resource management and conservation in the private sector, before completing his BTech in Nature Conservation with the Cape

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Terriann Thavar – Intern 2017-2018

Terriann Thavar is highly passionate about environmental conservation. She is originally from KwaZulu-Natal and chose to pursue a degree in the Western Cape to broaden her knowledge of Cape Floristic Region biodiversity. She obtained her BSc in Biodiversity and Conservation

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Melandri Rafferty – Intern 2017-2018

Melandri Rafferty is highly passionate about environmental conservation and the impact of threatened freshwater ecosystems on the well-being of communities. She is originally from the Eastern Cape and chose the Western Cape to further her studies as it provided more

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Philip Frenzel – Intern 2017-2018

Philip Frenzel is deeply engaged in environmental sustainability issues – especially, anything relating freshwater ecosystems. Originating from Kwa-Zulu Natal, his interests in environmental issues were borne in his childhood years whilst visiting different game reserves around the country. Philip pursued

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