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eDNA – a route to a safer biodiversity survey

By |28th April 2021|

When it comes to biodiversity surveys and routine Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) monitoring, mines often invest a significant amount of money in order to reduce risk. eDNA is a cutting-edge tool that can help mitigate risk during these critical biodiversity surveys, routine environmental monitoring and over asset life cycle from scoping to closure.

About the Author: Vere Ross-Gillespie

Vere is Head of Extractives at NatureMetrics. He trained as an aquatic ecologist and entomologist and has 6 years consulting experience in the water sector in Southern Africa and SADC member states, in addition to 5 years applied research. He previously managed a team of ecologists in a consulting firm based in South Africa and thus brings with extensive field experience having worked on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across southern & eastern Africa, the sub-tropics, and the Indian Ocean Islands. He has managed numerous projects and impact assessments focusing on a wide range of topics from water quality & chemistry, diatom assessments, bio monitoring, bio remediation, mining solutions, environmental audits, environmental flows (eflows) and river health assessments, river restoration, wetland & ephemeral pan assessments, citizen science, aquatic ecological training courses and workshops. He is a member of the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists (SASAqS), a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Pr. Sci. Nat.) in Ecological Science in South Africa, and has been an accredited SASS5 Practitioner for 10 years.

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