Kate has 19 years of experience in the field of freshwater ecology (both as a researcher and specialist consultant) and environmental consulting (including environmental auditing and waste management).  Her specialist skills lie in the areas of freshwater macro-invertebrate identification and analysis; biomonitoring using freshwater algae and invertebrates, wetland mapping and classification; conservation planning for the aquatic environment; management and implementation of ecological monitoring and research programmes; assessment of impacts of anthropogenic interference in freshwater ecosystems, and urban river and wetland management and rehabilitation.

Kate has worked extensively with the South African National Biodiversity Institute, producing fine-scale conservation plans for a number of Western Cape Districts, and a broad-scale freshwater conservation plan for the national Freshwater Ecosystem Priority Area (NFEPA) project.  She has worked extensively with the City of Cape Town Municipality, on their Biodiversity Network, the prioritisation of freshwater ecosystems within the City, and has been co-managing the ecological monitoring component of the City’s Table Mountain Group Aquifer project for the past three years.  Kate has published over 70 specialist consultancy reports, 3 Water Research Commission reports, 2 chapters in international books, and 8 scientific papers.  She recently became a founder and Board member of the South African Wetlands Society.


Formal education

MSc (Zoology, University of Cape Town)
BSc Honours (Zoology, University of Cape Town)
BSc (Zoology, University of Cape Town)

 Professional Memberships/Accreditations

Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat) in Ecology - The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
Founding Member and Board Member - South African Wetland Society
Member – Western Cape Wetlands Forum and Fynbos Forum
Accredited SASS5 practitioner


Biomonitoring using freshwater algae and invertebrates, freshwater ecological input to environmental impact assessments, conservation planning, wetland mapping, wetland classification


Director and Consultant: Freshwater Consulting Group


Scientific publications