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Research Associate, Nelson Mandela University

I am a marine ecologist with over 20 years of research and work experience in marine, coastal and island ecosystems. I hold an MSc and PhD from the University of Pretoria and completed a 3-year postdoc on sustainable natural resource management and stewardship with Nelson Mandela University and South African National Parks. I have very diverse interests including applied ecology, conservation biology, and the sustainability of social-ecological systems, particularly the science-policy-practice nexus and mechanisms that enable effective knowledge transfer. Pet interests include (but are not limited to) sustainable small-scale fisheries, shifting baselines, stewardship, invasive species, and risks and opportunities in seafood value chains. I currently work for the Marine Stewardship Council in London, UK. I am also a Research Associate of the Sustainability Research Unit at the Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.


  • 2018–present
    Accessibility Manager, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
  • 2015–2018
    Supply Chain Standards Manager, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
  • 2012–2015
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Nelson Mandela University/South African National Parks
  • 2004–2009
    National coordinator/Technical Adviser Sustainable Seafood, WWF South Africa
  • 2001–2004
    Consultant/PhD candidate, Independent/University of Pretoria


  • 2011 
    University Of Pretoria (Mammal Research Institute) , PhD Zoology
  • 2000 
    University of Pretoria, MSc Zoology
  • 1996 
    University of Port Elizabeth, B.Sc Hons. Marine Zoology
  • 1995 
    University of Port Elizabeth, B.Sc