B.Sc., M.Sc. (Physical Oceanography, UCT, 1997)
Craig has been the managing director of Lwandle since inception in 2002. Before this, he worked as an operational oceanographer for Racal Survey / Thales Geosolutions for five years (1998-2002). His travels have taken him to India, Antarctica and Kazakhstan, where he worked as a base manager for a year. Craig is curious about the ocean and finding innovative ways to map oceanographical data to assist industries with responsible and cost-efficient development on Africa’s shoreline.
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., PhD (Marine Ecology, UCT, 1983)
Pr. Sci. Nat (#400245/060)
Robin joined Lwandle in 2005 and has led work for oil and gas companies, Maersk Oil, Sonangol, Petrobras, Forest Oil, Eni, Shell, BP, PetroSA and Anadarko, Port and harbour agencies and consulting engineering groups including Aurecon, SRK, PRDW, ERM etc. Significant components of this included assessing and measuring the environmental effects of harbour development for bulk cargo handling (iron ore in Saldanha Bay, manganese in Coega and coal in Nacala and at the Zambezi River mouth in Mozambique), container berth developments and the associated environmental implications of dredging, and specialist studies on the effects of oil / gas exploration and extraction on the marine environment. Marine discharges are another important element of the business portfolio managed by Robin through work ranging from effluent tracking and site specific evaluations of discharges to participating in provincial and national policy development.
B.Sc. (Hons) (Oceanography, National Oceanography Center, UK 2012), M.Sc. (Physical Oceanography, UCT, 2014)
Lisa has a MSc in ocean and climate dynamics from the University of Cape Town and has been working at Lwandle for three years. Her work has included intertidal and nearshore baselines, ports and harbour monitoring, dredge sediment surveys, outfall and plume monitoring and seafloor characterisation studies. Lisa specialises in physical oceanography, data analysis and presentation and is a big fan of Lwandle’s in house drop camera system as a cost effective and efficient tool for seafloor visualisation. Lisa has a passion for exploring both the known and undiscovered. Her work and studies have allowed her to travel and she enjoys the challenge of adapting both her knowledge and approaches to new environments.
B.Tech., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Applied Marine Science, UCT, 2010), PhD candidate (UCT)
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Erich has a deep passion for the outdoors and the marine environment. He has been involved in a number of marine-based projects over the last 15 years, ranging from plankton taxonomy, marine mammal work, and fisheries modelling. Over the last few years he has focused on marine-based environmental consulting, with a passion for oceanographic instrumentation and applied science. Since he joined Lwandle in 2010, he has been involved in various tasks including team management, instrumentation integration, project oversight and reporting for specialist marine studies. His main focus however has been on research methodologies and the technical aspects of Lwandle projects. He is currently registered for his doctorate with the University of Cape Town, which is focussed on the taxonomic revision of South African sea stars.
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Applied Marine Science, UCT, 2013)
Laura has an MSc in Applied Marine Science and is currently completing her PhD in fisheries biology at the University of Cape Town. She has been working at Lwandle for four years. Her work has included the project management, related field work and reporting of various intertidal, nearshore and offshore baselines, specialist environmental impact assessments, monitoring plans, sediment and water quality surveys, metocean measurement campaigns and seafloor characterisation studies. Laura specialises in marine ecology, data interpretation and report compilation, and really enjoys working with the research software, CPCe, as a quick and easy way to analyse and quantify benthic habitats. She is passionate about the marine environment and particularly enjoys multi-disciplinary research, which she feels is important in breaking the divide between science and industry.
B. Sc Hons - Ocean and Atmosphere Science, UCT, 2015; M. Sc - Biological Sciences, UCT & UBO, 2017
Alice was an intern at Lwandle whilst completing her B.Sc (Hons) degree in Oceanography & Atmospheric Science at the University of Cape Town. Alice has rejoined the Lwandle team very recently, after completing her M.Sc. focusing on fisheries science and modelling. She is excited to develop her skills as a marine scientist, both in the technical side and scientific writing aspects of her work. She is especially looking forward to the field work! Out of the office, you can almost always find Alice in, on or near the ocean.
B.Sc. (Hons) (Marine Biology/Zoology, Bangor University, 2013); M.Sc. (Applied Marine Science, UCT, 2016)
Gemma has a background in marine biology and zoology, with a specialised interest in acoustic science, and has been working for Lwandle for six months. Gemma is a class IV commercial diver and her work has mostly focused on metocean equipment deployment and data collection whilst also developing Lwandle’s acoustic database. Her favourite piece of equipment is of course the hydrophone but she has recently developed a strong interest in ADCPs. She is looking forward to delving deeper and learning more about both pieces of equipment and building on her data processing skills.
ND (Oceanography, CPUT, 2015)
Diandra has a National Diploma in Oceanography from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has been working at Lwandle for three years. Her most significant contributions to Lwandle include work on environmental impact assessments, habitat type assessments and pollution monitoring. She particularly enjoys Lwandle’s capability to map marine seafloor habitats and assess the extent of anthropogenic impacts by pairing geographic information systems (GIS) software with Side-scan Sonar imagery and ROV footage. Diandra specialises in marine conservation ecology and is passionate about marine ecosystem research and the role of organisms in driving important ecosystem services.
ND – Oceanography (CPUT, 2014); BTech - Oceanography (CPUT, 2015); M. Sc - Physical Oceanography (NMU & UCT ongoing)
Tahlia has a BTech in Oceanography from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is currently completing her MSc through Nelson Mandela University and the University of Cape Town. Her thesis is primarily focused on the physical oceanographic dynamics of the Prince Edward Islands. Tahlia has recently started working at Lwandle as a marine technician and brings her passion for field work, ocean instrumentation and expertise gained from countless research cruises across the globe to the technical department. Tahlia is a commercial Class IV diver and has recently assisted with Metocean on-site instrument servicing and hopes to further her skills in post-data processing. She has taken a keen interest in Lwandle’s Deep Trekker ROV and hopes to become a proficient ROV operator and use this instrument to further explore the ocean. Tahlia has a passion for synthesising technical oceanography with the marine environment and enjoys the challenge of developing commercial and scientific solutions.
ND (Oceanography, CPUT, Ongoing)
Sergio is currently completing his ND in Oceanography at CPUT. He started at Lwandle in 2013 where he developed his proficiency for oceanographic instrumentation software such as Ruskin and LoggerNet. Being a very hands-on person, Sergio specialises in providing technical assistance to the Lwandle team. Sergio’s interests lie in the chemical and physical sub-disciplines of oceanography and how they are incorporated into the design of various oceanographic instrumentation. He aspires to become a head technician and a developer of concepts and designs for operational systems.
B.Sc., M.Sc. (Fisheries Science, Rhodes, 2003)
Brian has a MSc in Fisheries Science from Rhodes University and has been working as Lwandle’s Senior Research Technician for 3 years. Apart from his managerial duties in the Technical Department, he is also responsible for managing technical projects including in-the-field deployments. He is a highly experienced field biologist and technician and is currently involved with a long-term current and wave measurement campaign off the coast of South Africa. His 25 years’ experience of Scientific Diving and Supervising enables Lwandle to perform underwater surveys of various habitats including corals and seagrass as well as deploying and recovering sub-sea metocean equipment. He is passionate about the outdoor environment and revels in combining this with his work responsibilities.
B.Sc., UED (Natal), M.Sc. Environmental Studies (UCT, 1980), Certified Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAPSA)
Sue holds a master’s degree in environmental science and the coursework component of a postgraduate diploma in marine law from UCT. She has over 30 years of practical experience in environmental planning and management, largely in the marine and coastal spheres, in southern Africa. She has worked with policy makers, regulators, scientists and in business, and is particularly interested in environmental governance. Sue brings this experience, her interest in finding practical solutions, and enthusiasm for ensuring accuracy, ethics and quality, to assist Lwandle in integrating marine specialist information into environmental assessments and management and monitoring programmes for their clients. Otherwise, Sue most enjoys exploring and photographing remote places and people.
B.Sc. (Oceanography and Environmental Science, UCT, 2007), B.Sc. (Hons) (Environmental Management, UCT, 2008)
Joshua has a BSc Honours degree in environmental management and nine years of experience and specialises in management, assessment and rehabilitation of coastal and estuarine systems. He recently left the City of Cape Town where he was responsible for management of a set of coastal nature reserves and estuaries. In this capacity he was responsible for guiding and overseeing all planning, ecological monitoring, management interventions, rehabilitation and public interface within his area of responsibility. He joined Lwandle in October 2017 and is excited to have a joined a team that can effectively offer complete analysis of any coastal or marine system. His primary interest at Lwandle is in finding new fields in which to apply the broad marine and coastal skill sets that exist under the Lwandle roof.
B.Sc. (Hons) (Estuarine Ecology / Animal Physiology) Durban University 1981; M.Sc. (Estuarine Ecology) Durban University 1989.
Since completing his Masters degree in 1989 Errol has been involved in the development of environmental management systems and auditing in South Africa, initially whilst with the CSIR but later with the Environmental Risk Management Services of Alexander Forbes. In addition to his involvement in systems development he has become increasingly involved in risk management and incident investigations. Although his focus was initially on environmental risk assessment and incident analysis, he has become increasingly involved in general HSE management and incident investigations through his work as the external Environmental Control Officer at PetroSA. He takes pride in being able to develop management plans and systems that mesh closely with his clients’ existing systems, smoothing incorporation into normal working environments.
Matric and Certificate in ISO 9001: Internal Auditor Training QMS
Mariëtte is employed in the Human Resources department and controls all office administration of company documents and the Lwandle employees. She also ensures the smooth running of the office functions. Her extensive knowledge is gained from years of working closely with account executives, as a credit controller, and through customer liaison. She commenced her career with Barclays National Bank and worked with them for seven years after matriculating.
Diploma (Marine Science, CPUT, 2016), BTech (Oceanography, CPUT, Ongoing)
Lucinda has completed her Diploma in Marine Science at CPUT in 2016. She is currently completing her BTech in Oceanography at CPUT. Lucinda is also fluent in Turkish and studied Geological Engineering in Turkey. Since coming back to South Africa in 2013 she has pursued her love for the oceanic environment. As a young scientist that is new to the field of Marine Science she believes that everything in life is interlinked and hence you cannot look at the marine environment in isolation. She has always had a passion for the ocean and its coastal environment. She is keen to learning as much as she can from the Lwandle team and to contribute to the company in any way that she can. Her focus though is on oceanographic processes and technology. She also hopes to get her Open Water Diving licence in 2017/2018. As well as complete her MTech in Oceanography in 2018
Rachel started working at Lwandle and Metocean in 2009 and assists Mariette with various admin tasks and oversees general housekeeping in the Lwandle office. She previously worked at the Social Development Offices in Cape Town and performed various tasks requested of her. To broaden her knowledge in the administration field, she completed training at the Learning Foundation in office admin and computer literacy.
B.Sc. (Marine Biology/Ocean & Atmospheric Science, UCT, 2016)
Sean has been working at Lwandle Technologies for 6 months, while completing his honours studies at UCT. His work has entailed coastal water monitoring, satellite remote sensing, data handling and presentation. Sean is also involved in administrative tasks for the company, but mainly assists in report writing. He enjoys being out in the field and finds the deployment of Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD’s) profilers an extremely useful method of gaining an understanding of the aquatic environment being studied.
Old Warehouse, Black River Park, Fir Road, Observatory, Cape Town
PostNet Suite 50, Private Bag X3, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801, South Africa