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. James is an NRF rated researcher (C3) and has obtained funding for and led numerous research projects that have focused on 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 and has a broad interest in understanding the influence of land use and land management practices on aquatic systems. James has published almost 30 scientific publications in local and international scientific journals and is an associate editor for the Bulletin of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  

Formal Education

Ph.D. (Aquatic Ecotoxicology, University of Cape Town)                                                                
M.Sc. - Cum Laude (Zoology, University of Stellenbosch)                                                               
B.Sc. Honours (Zoology, University of Stellenbosch)                                                                       
B.Sc. (Zoology and Botany, University of Stellenbosch)              


Aquatic ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, water quality, Geographical Information Systems, field and catchment scale water quality modelling.


Scientific publications