Prof Lesley Green is the founding director of Environmental Humanities South, an accredited research centre attached to the University of Cape Town, where she is Professor of Anthropology. A former Fulbright Scholar at the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mandela Fellow at Harvard, and Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, her research focuses on understanding and strengthening justice-based environmental governance in Southern Africa. She is currently a Cheney Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, hosted by the Global Food and Environment Institute, where her task is to build stronger social science engagement with earth and life sciences, so that environmental governance can be improved. She is the editor of Contested Ecologies: Dialogues in the South on Nature and Knowledge (HSRC, 2013), co-author of Knowing the Day, Knowing the World (Arizona, 2013), and author of Rock | Water | Life: Ecology and Humanities for a Decolonising South Africa (Duke University Press / Wits University Press, 2020).
Professor Leslie Petrik is the Principle Investigator of the SANOcean team on the South African side. Leslie leads the Environmental and Nano Sciences (ENS) research group, in the Department of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Overall, her publications include 3 granted patents; 10 book chapters; 175 journal publications; 305 presentations, and many industrial and agency research projects. Google Scholar h‑index 37 ; i10-index 96; Citations 4261; NRF Rating: C1. Since 2003 Prof Petrik has supervised to completion 30 PhD, 60 MSc students and mentored 21 Post Doctoral Fellows at UWC. In 2020, she supervises 30 registered students (19 PhD; 11 MSc) who are associated with the overall research projects of the ENS group. All students have been supported by ENS grants and funds raised by Prof Petrik who also has many international collaborative linkages. She was the winner of the prestigious 2017/2018 National Science and Technology Forum NSTF-South32 Water Research Commission Award for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation. Moreover she was also selected as NSTF finalist for NSTF-Engineering Research Capacity Development Award and the NSTF-Green Matter Award in the same year. In 2016 she received the Business Women of the Year Award in the Science and Technology Category and in 2015 she received the Water Research Commission Research Awards in the category Transformation and Redress. She has been recognised with the UWC Vice Chancellor’s Annual Distinguished Researcher Award, in the Natural and Medical Sciences for 2012, as well as a Distinguished Women Scientist, in Physical and Engineering Sciences by the Department of Science and Technology in 2012 (NanoTechnology Public Engagement, N.d).
Magne O. Sydnes
Magne O. Sydnes is the Principle Investigator of the SANOcean team on the Norwegian side. Magne was born in Oslo, Norway in 1973. He received his MSc degree in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Oslo in 1998. After a short stint in industry he commenced his PhD studies in 2001 at the Australian National University, Canberra, under the guidance of Professor Banwell. Since earning his PhD in 2004 he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow both in Australia and Japan, including two years as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in Professor Isobe’s group at Nagoya University, Japan. In 2009 he joined International Research Institute of Stavanger, Norway, as a researcher. Since December 2011 he has been working at University of Stavanger, Norway. Research interests include; natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry, catalysis, chemical biology, analytical chemistry, and environmental chemistry.
Jo Barnes is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Epidemiology and Community Health of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch at Tygerberg. She is engaged in research into the health impact and further consequences of pollution from failing sanitation in urban areas and pollution reaching rivers arising from using the water for drinking and irrigation of edible crops and livestock. She has extensive experience in water monitoring of the Berg and Eerste Rivers. She is a member of the Berg Catchment Management Forum and the Pollution Task Team of the Berg River Irrigation Board as well as a consultant to the Task Team to determine additional resources needed to manage pollution in storm water and river systems of the City of Cape Town. She is a recipient of the Order of the Disa (Member Class) 2007 for meritorious services to the Province of the Western Cape, winner of the Women in Water, Sanitation and Forestry Award 2007 for the category Education and Awareness for awareness created on contamination of rivers, winner of the Cape Times/Caltex Environmental Award 2005 for the research work on contaminations of rivers and recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Community Service for 2007. She and her students studied community health in dense and low cost settlements over many years.
Cecilia Y. Ojemaye
Cecilia Y. Ojemaye is presently a final year Ph.D. student at Environmental and Nano Science Research group, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research interests are in the area of Analytical, Environmental and Marine Chemistry as well as Environmental monitoring. She has 7 published articles and press releases as well as presentation several papers at national and international conferences and seminars. She has also served as Quality Control Executive for 6 years. She is a member of the South African Chemical Institute, Society of Environmental Toxicology and
Nikiwe Solomon is a lecturer in the Social Anthropology Department at UCT. Her background is in anthropology and Development Studies. She has worked in the Development Sector as well as in Academia. She is currently finalising her PhD in Environmental Humanities, which focuses on the Kuils River in Cape Town and its entanglement with Social and political worlds as well as urban planning. Her research interests lie in how human and ecological well-being and issues of sustainability are entangled with politics, economics, and technology.
Dr Neil Overy is an environmental researcher, writer and photographer. He has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years and is particularly interested in the intersection between environmental and social justice issues. He is an historian by training and is a research associate in Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town.
Melissa Amy Zackon
Born and bred in Cape Town and being a scuba diving instructor, I have always had a deep connection to the ocean and the protection of our coastline. I am currently completing my Mphil Environmental Humanities South degree at the University of Cape Town. My work is an extension of my honours thesis where I partnered up with the University of the Western Cape to perform interdisciplinary research and collect both water samples and marine species, in an aid to test and research the effects of the marine effluent outfalls in both Camps Bay and Green Point. I completed my Honours in anthropology at UCT in 2017. After co-authoring “Desalination and seawater quality at Green Point, Cape Town: A study on the effects of marine sewage outfalls” (2017), in the South African Journal of Science, I realised the immense importance in continuing to dive deeper into this research and the significance of maintaining a study that made use of interdisciplinary research, skills and knowledge. In 2019 I attended a conference in Aarhus, Denmark titled Governing Urban Natures, where I presented my masters research on understanding how evidence has accepted, understood and employed in respect to the issues of water quality and the controversy over the impacts of the marine effluent outfalls on Cape town’s oceans. My research has fed into the SANOCEAN project by providing a humanities and interdisciplinary understanding and insights to some of the issues and concerns around the effects of the marine outfalls in Cape Town.
Amy Beukes is a EHS Social Science Researcher in the SANOCEAN research project; focusing on chemicals of emerging concern in multispecies worlds in Hout Bay, Cape Town. This research project will focus on addressing the central, overarching question framed in the CSIR (2017) report: “The critical question is whether effluent discharge through the Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay outfalls is having a major adverse impact on the ecosystem functioning of the marine receiving environments and is posing a major risk to the health of humans that use and/or extract and consume resources from these environments.” by comparing the levels of selected chemicals of emerging concern in sewage outfall effluent with the levels of these chemicals found in sessile marine organisms collected from sampling sites in Hout Bay, Cape Town.
Daniel Schlenk, Ph.D. is Professor of Aquatic Ecotoxicology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Riverside. Dr. Schlenk received his PhD in Toxicology from Oregon State University in 1989. He was supported by a National Institute of Environmental Health Science postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University from 1989–1991. A Fellow of AAAS and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), he has been a permanent member of the USEPA TSCA Chemical Safety Advisory Committee, and from 2007–2014, he was a permanent member of the USEPA FIFRA Science Advisory Panel, which he Chaired from 2012–2014. He is currently an Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Technology, and ES& T Letters. He also serves on the editorial boards of Toxicological Sciences, Aquatic Toxicology and Marine Environmental Research. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the effects of emerging and legacy contaminants on wildlife and humans. He has particular expertise in the linkage of molecular and bioanalytical responses associated with neuroendocrine development and whole animal effects on reproduction, growth and survival. He has been a recipient of the Ray Lankester Investigatorship of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom; a visiting Scholar of the Instituto Del Mare, Venice Italy; a visiting Scholar in the Department of Biochemistry, Chinese University of Hong Kong; a Visiting Scientist at the CSIRO Lucas Heights Laboratory, in Sydney Australia, a Distinguished Fellow of the State Key Laboratory for Marine Environmental Science of Xiamen University, China, Outstanding Foreign Scientist at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, and a recipient of the Thousand Talents program for Zhejiang University, China.
Marc de Vos
Marc de Vos is a researcher in the Marine Unit of the South African Weather Service. A physical oceanographer by training, Marc is involved with technical research and development of met-ocean tools and services related to coastal and maritime safety. His research areas include numerical ocean prediction and marine-weather risk analysis. Marc hold senior positions within the National Sea Rescue Institute, and leans on broad coastal maritime experience to bridge the gap between producers and users of metocean information. He is currently pursuing a PhD in oceanography through the University of Cape Town.