Cole Grainger - University of Stellenbosch


Cole obtained his BSc in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University in 2010. He joined the working class as production supervisor and manager for manufacturing concerns of plastic injection moulding and eventually herbal medicines. He decided to follow a persistent passion of freshwater ecology and pursue a MSc degree at Department of Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University. His thesis focuses on describing periphyton biomass and species composition in winter and summer rainfall areas of South Africa. The project also invites the opportunity to validate the accuracy of the in situ benthotorch tool in S.A. when computing information on algal class and biomass. The overall project results may offer freshwater ecologists and water monitoring institutions new insights into predicting changes prior to catastrophic events via the proactive remediation of optimal setting of ecological flows and nutrient inputs that best maintain biotic integrity.Other hobbies include fish keeping and percussion.

Jody-Lee Reizenberg - University of Cape Town

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 education she also worked for the Freshwater Consulting Group as a field assistant to Dr Kate Snaddon and Dr Dean Ollis, gathering baseline data for the Table Mountain group aquifer project. It was at this time that her insatiable interest in the freshwater realm had been sparked.  In 2013 she worked under the supervision of Dr Helen Dallas on the Water Research Commission funded project, K5/2182 focussing on the upper thermal limits of aquatic macroinvertebrates in the Western Cape, and this has been her research focus since. In 2014 she graduated with BSc Honours (Environmental and Geographical Science) (UCT), during which time she was also under the supervision of Dr Helen Dallas and Dr Kevin Winter.  At preset (2015) she is registered as an MSc student in the department of Biological Science (UCT). Together with Dr Helen Dallas, Dr Jeremy Shelton, and Dr Bruce Paxton from FRC, she am undertaking the experimental component of the K5/2337 project, to determine the thermal preferenda of indigenous fishes in the CFR. Her research is experimentally based and aimed at understanding the relationship between climate resilience and biodiversity in the Cape Floristic Region. To echo the sentiments of Jackie King, we have to learn to read freshwater biota as words and pages in the book of life, and it is a privilege to be involved in doing so.