Roger Parsons, PhD (UFS), Pr.Sci.Nat.

Roger Parsons

Roger was born in East London, South Africa. After matriculating from Selborne College, he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) degree from Rhodes University. Roger joined the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in 1984 for whom he worked for 6 years. One of his first assignments was to investigate groundwater resources south and west of Graaff-Reinet. This exploration of fractured Karoo aquifers formed the basis of his M.Sc. thesis, which he successfully completed in 1987.

Roger was then transferred by the Department to Pretoria in 1988 and was tasked with assessing the impact of waste disposal sites on groundwater. This led to a wider interest in groundwater contamination and monitoring. On joining the Groundwater Programme of the CSIR in Stellenbosch in 1990, Roger undertook a number of waste and contamination research and consultancy projects. During this time, he developed the Waste Aquifer Separation Principle (WASP) model together with long-time friend and colleague Jeff Jolly. The model is still used to assess site suitability for waste disposal based on geohydrological criteria.

In 1996 Roger established Parsons & Associates Specialist Groundwater Consultants CC. Since establishing the company, Roger has been involved in a wide range of projects. In addition to undertaking resource exploration and development projects, contamination projects and monitoring projects, Roger has been involved with the development of tools and methods to assess the groundwater component of the Reserve. This led to a number of projects looking at the role of groundwater in sustaining river flow and wetlands. From his work in and around Sedgefield and his research of the role of groundwater sustaining Groenvlei, the University of the Free State conferred a PhD degree on Roger in 2014 for his thesis entitled "Quantifying the role of groundwater in sustaining Groenvlei, a shallow lake in the southern Cape region of South Africa".

As a result of his wide range of groundwater-related projects spanning a career of 30 years, Roger has an interest and understanding of the role of groundwater in the environment, the impact of groundwater use and the impact of anthropogenic activities on groundwater. This allows him to undertake specialist geohydrological studies for Environmental Impact Assessments.

Roger is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) and is a member of the Ground Water Division, the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the National Groundwater Association, the Water Institute of South Africa and the Institute of Waste Management. He was the Chairman of the Western Cape Branch of the Groundwater Division from 2000 to 2004. Roger has had 18 articles published in Journals and presented over 60 conference papers. He has authored or co-authored over 250 consultancy and research reports and regularly participates in or presents training courses. Roger serves on a number of Water Research Commission Steering Committees and regularly presents lectures on the topic of groundwater.

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