Neil Griffin

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow
Address: Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, PO Box 94, Grahamstown, 6140
Tel: +27 46 622 2428
Fax: +27 46 622 9427
Qualifications: PhD (botany), University of Cape Town
e-mail:  n.griffin@ru.ac.za

Dr Griffin undertakes research in the broad area of environmental water quality management. As such, his research areas encompass three aspects of environmental water quality: water chemistry, assessment of resource quality using biological indicators, and toxicological assessment of resource or effluent quality. Research undertaken includes some contract research or consulting undertaken for a range of companies, but is more commonly applied research addressing problems and challenges faced by the water sector nationally.

Dr Griffin is currently leading two projects, and is a member of the research team on several others. His current major work focus is leading a team assessing means of operationalization of toxicity testing for freshwater quality management in South Africa. Recent research projects include assessment of water quality and changes in water quality in light of known drivers in the Olifants and Crocodile River catchments, assessment of the extent of compliance with the freshwater ecological Reserve in the Crocodile River catchment, and an assessment and comparison of methods for introduction of whole effluent toxicity testing for water quality management. He also undertakes biomonitoring surveys where these are requested, specializing in biomonitoring of water quality using diatoms.

Some recent publications are listed below:

Gordon AK, Griffin NJ and Palmer CG. 2015. The relationship between concurrently measured SASS (South African Scoring System) and turbidity data archived in the South African River Health Programme’s Rivers Database. Water SA 41(1): 21-25.

Mensah PK, Mgaba N, Griffin NJ, Odume ON and Palmer CG. Submitted 2015. Generation of new ecotoxicity data for salts using indigenous South African freshwater macroinvertebrates: updating the national salts toxicity database. Report to the Water Research Commission, Gezina.

Griffin NJ, Mensah PK and Retief DCH. 2014. Systemic overview of selected water quality parameters in the Olifants River/Rio Elefantes catchment. Report to USAID Resilim-O project.

Griffin NJ and Palmer CG. 2014. Status and trends of selected water quality parameters in the Olifants River. Report to USAID Resilim-O project.

Griffin N.J. 2014. Environmental water quality monitoring for Richards Bay Minerals: Smelter site area. Unpublished report submitted to Richards Bay Minerals, Richards Bay.

Griffin NJ, Palmer CG and Scherman P-A. In press. Critical analysis of environmental water quality in South Africa: historic and current trends. Final report on WRC project K5/2184.

Palmer CG, Griffin NJ, Scherman P-A, du Toit D, Mandikiana B and Pollard S. 2013 A preliminary examination of water quality compliance in a selected lowveld river: towards implementation of the Reserve. WRC Report No KV 306/12, Water Research Commission, Gezina.



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