Thursday, 15 November 2018

Eco-Pulse Team

The Eco-Pulse team is made up of a group of dedicated natural scientists who have various fields of specialised expertise which enables us to provide our clients a wide range of services.

Douglas Macfarlane Director / Principal Scientist

Douglas has a BSc in Wildlife science and an MSc in Environment & Development. He is a registered Professional Natural Scientist in the field of Ecological Science with experience in the corporate sector and consulting environment. He is amongst the leading wetland ecologists in South Africa and has been involved in developing a wide range of tools and best-practice guidelines. Doug is also at the forefront of offset policy formulation, having led the development of wetland offset guidelines for South Africa.  He has gained sound experience in the design and implementation of offset projects while he also has extensive experience in rehabilitation planning, gained principally through his long-term involvement with the Working for Wetlands Programme.  Douglas also has a keen interest in biodiversity with experience in strategic biodiversity assessments and landscape-level planning.  He has also worked in the forestry industry, and maintains a keen interest in sustainable forest management with a particular interest best-practice guidelines and certification.  

 

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Adam Teixeira-Leite Senior Scientist: Wetland & Terrestrial Ecology

Adam has experience in the fields of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, wetland science and environmental management. He has a BSc Honours degree in Environmental and Earth Science. Adam has >10 years’ experience as an environmental consultant and has obtained various skills in scientific research and development, environmental assessment, environmental auditing, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity assessments, conservation planning and vegetation surveys as well as compiling water use license applications.  Adam has extensive experience in the delineation and functional assessment of wetlands, the development of wetland management and rehabilitation plans and biodiversity offset mitigation strategies. Adam also has experience in wetland and river bio-monitoring, water quality sampling and analysis as well river health assessments (in-stream and riparian vegetation and fluvial geomorphology). 

 

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Ryan Edwards Senior Scientist: Wetland Ecology

Ryan’s core field of focus and specialisation is wetland ecology, a field in which he has been practicing for the past 10 years. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography and Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management and a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science (Research Masters). Ryan is passionate about wetlands and has extensive experience in compiling wetland assessment reports in support of applications for environmental authorization and water use licenses. He also has experience in wetland rehabilitation, having developed rehabilitation plans for a broad suite of projects. He has also gained substantial experience in wetland offset planning through a range of ongoing projects.  Ryan also has a keen interest in botany and assists with vegetation and riparian zone assessments.

 

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Brad Graves Senior Scientist: Wetland Ecology

Brad’s core field of focus and specialisation is wetland ecology, a field in which he has been practicing for the past 13 years. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography and Environmental Management, and a Bachelor of Science Honours (BSc Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management. Brad is passionate about wetlands, particularly in the context of rehabilitation towards more effective water resource and catchment management strategies. He has extensive experience in freshwater ecosystems delineation, and compiling wetland assessment reports in support of applications for environmental authorization. He also has extensive experience in wetland rehabilitation, having developed numerous rehabilitation plans throughout South Africa.  Brad has gained substantial experience in the interpretation, facilitation and application of the National Water Act, and its associated licensing processes.   

 

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Ross van Deventer Scientist: Aquatic & Wetland Ecology

Ross has an MSc (Environmental Science) with training in integrated environmental management along with specialist training in the field of water resource management and aquatic science. His specialised training is further complemented by experience gained at Eco-Pulse Environmental Consulting Services in a number of wetland and riparian assessments. This includes wetland and riparian delineation, Present Ecological State and Ecological Importance and Sensitivity assessments. He is competent in the application of current best practise guidelines and assessments tools and is accredited in the application of the SASS5 bio-monitoring technique.

 

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Ryan Kok Junior Scientist: Ecology

Ryan holds a BSc degree in Environmental Science; BSc Honours and MSc degree in Biological Sciences. His MSc thesis focused primarily on the impacts of climate change and human land use on the species distribution of Malagasy bats (past-present-future). Ryan has a passion for the environment and enjoys the thought of being thrown new challenges. Ryan has 5 years’ experience in GIS and environmental modelling, with extensive field experience in monitoring and analysing data. Ryan also has a strong interest in botany, wildlife and freshwater ecosystems. Since being part of Eco-Pulse, he has been gaining valuable practical experience in a range of aquatic and ecological projects. 

 

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Shaun McNamara Junior Scientist: Wetland Ecology

Shaun has an Honours degree in Environmental Water Management, with a strong focus on integrated catchment management and wetland ecology. He also holds an MSc in Geography with his dissertation focussing on fluvial geomorphology and processes of wetland formation and evolution. Shaun has experience in the collection and analysis of data relating to geomorphology and wetland assessments. 

 

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Juliette Lagesse Junior Scientist – Intern: Wetland & Terrestrial Ecology

Juliette is an Intern at Eco-Pulse with an MSc in Geography from Rhodes University. She completed her studies in early 2017 and joined the Eco-Pulse team in August 2018. Juliette’s MSc focused on wetland geomorphology, which was well aligned with the core wetland focus of the Eco-Pulse team.   She has been gaining valuable practical experience in a range of aquatic and ecological projects.

 

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Andrea Gibson Environmental Scientist: Environmental Management

Andrea has a Masters in Environment and Development and 6 years’ experience in the environmental consulting field, including environmental impact assessments, environmental reporting and environmental management. Andrea has experience in managing projects, preparing and submitting project proposals, interacting with specialists, collating specialist reports and liaising with government departments. She has been involved in leading and managing EIAs and undertaking public participation processes. She is currently involved in managing water use licence applications and has a particular interest in best practice in environmental management, cooperative governance and aligning environmental assessment processes. 

 

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Vanessa Kahts Finance / Project Support

Vanessa has been in the employ of Eco-Pulse for the past four years.  Her key role is to provide financial management and project support to the consulting team.  Her responsibilities encompass maintaining a tracking system for all project proposals, consolidation of all project deliverables, a project management system to track project costs against expenses and the submission of regular monthly project management reports to the project managers concerned.  Vanessa’s financial responsibilities also constitute the generation of periodical statements and the provision of an invoicing schedule to track invoicing and associated payments.

 

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