Alex is an Ecologist with SDP Ecological and Environmental Services and a registered Masters Student at UKZN. He completed his Honours in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University before joining SDP. Alex has 14 years’ experience as an environmental consultant, specialising in aquatic ecology. He has been involved in numerous Environmental Impact Assessment throughout South Africa and West Africa (Ghana) as a consulting ecologist. His interests include fish biology, aquatic ecology, alien invasive species, aquaculture and recreational fishing. Alex’s current research focuses on Spring Grove Dam and the Inchbrakie Fish Barrier and is undertaking a fish community assessment of the dam and investigating the efficacy of the barrier at preventing smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) from moving upstream into the upper reaches of the Mooi River.

Key publications :

Carrasco, N.K., Perissinotto, R. and Whitehead, A., 2013. Agricultural impact on the pelagic ecosystem of the small temporarily open/closed Seteni Estuary, South Africa. Marine and freshwater research, 64(10), pp.938-950.

Whitehead, A., Weyl, O.L.F. and Bills, I.R., 2007. Reproductive and feeding biology of the endangered fiery redfin, Pseudobarbus phlegethon (Barnard 1938)(Teleostei: Cyprinidae), in the Noordhoeks River, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science, 32(3), pp.281-290.

Kaiser, H., Brill, G., Cahill, J., Collett, P., Czypionka, K., Green, A., Orr, K., Pattrick, P., Scheepers, R., Stonier, T. and Whitehead, M.A., 2006. Testing clove oil as an anaesthetic for long‐distance transport of live fish: the case of the Lake Victoria cichlid Haplochromis obliquidens. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 22(6), pp.510-514.

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