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Prof Gordon O'Brien

Prof. Gordon O’Brien obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Johannesburg and is a specialist C2-rated scientist from the South African National Research Foundation with an extensive local and international profile.

He has >50 peer-reviewed scientific publications with >900 citations.  He is a Senior lecturer of the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences and teaches undergraduate, post-graduate and mentors numerous Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy students. He is also heads the Rivers of Life Programme ( and has managed- and/or led applied research projects from 2004, totalling ZAR35 million (US$2.5 million) in value. Being a South African registered Professional Scientist (SACNASP: Reg No: 400075/10), Dr. O’Brien provides principal investigator/manager services on international multi-disciplinary applied projects.

The scope of his expertise includes sustainable water resource management and protection research, ecological risk assessments of multiple stressors affecting water resources on multiple spatial scales, aquatic ecology studies, development of management and conservation plans, ichthyology and fisheries research, environmental flow assessments, and ecotoxicology studies. Gordon’s career vision is to carry out evidence-based research on water resources and their response to multiple stressors for a sustainable future. He has contributed to the development of national policies and legislation, water resource management, and mitigation plans for multiple stakeholders and the development of methods to establish targets and objectives for the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes to this field internationally.  

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