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Jackie Dabrowski (Director)

(Ph.D., Pr.Sci.Nat. Aquatic Science)


Tel: +27 83 256 3159

Jackie Dabrowski returned to South Africa after living and working in the United Kingdom and New Zealand to complete her tertiary studies in aquatic science. Having completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria, she embarked on a career in research at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). As a senior researcher in the Water Ecosystem and Human Health group, Jackie led research projects, developed junior staff, published scientific and popular literature, and secured research funding. Jackie’s work covered a diverse array of topics within the field of aquatic ecology including food webs, water quality, limnology, drought and fish health. With development and personal growth in mind, Jackie started Confluent Environmental (Pty) Ltd in 2016.  This venture provides consulting and research services with a primary focus on aquatic ecology, but allows the flexibility for Jackie to pursue other fields of biological science, for example using dung beetles to improve the rehabilitation of coal mines. These days Jackie is frequently found knee-deep in a river attempting to unravel the complexities of aquatic ecosystems – her favourite place.

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James Dabrowski (Director)

(Ph.D., Pr.Sci.Nat. Water Resources)


Tel: +27 83 557 5688

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), where he was employed for 10 years. As a result, James has a wide knowledge of water resource related issues in South Africa and has featured on a number of radio and television interviews. His research has focussed on aquatic ecology, aquatic ecotoxicology, water quality and ecological risk assessment. In particular James has spent a considerable proportion of his career in assessing the impacts of pesticides in the aquatic environment and is currently leading research projects aimed at improving the environmental management and regulation of pesticides in South Africa. Throughout his research career he has built up considerable experience in the field of GIS and catchment scale modelling. In addition, James has always had a life-long passion for the field of ornithology, with much of his free time spent outdoors peering through a pair of binoculars. As a result he has built up excellent skills in bird identification and behaviour and also performs avifaunal specialist studies for EIAs. James is an NRF rated researcher, has published almost 30 papers in local and international scientific journals and is associate editor for the Bulletin of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He is currently an Associate of the Freshwater Research Centre (FRC) and a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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