Carolyn (Tally) Palmer PhD
- Rhodes University, Grahamstown
- Arts and Humanities/ Social sciences/ Cultural studies
- Natural sciences/ Engineering/ Agricultural sciences
Geosciences, Social sciences
Area of specialisation
Ecotoxicology, water law and policy, Transdisciplinary research
My bio-physical research has focused within the stressor-response domain where I contributed to the use of increased “environmental realism” in experimental ecotoxicology, particularly in regard to salt as a toxicant and salinisation as a stressor exacerbated by climate change.
I developed and applied the use of artificial stream systems, riverine test organisms, river water as the test system and longer term exposures in the development of appropriate water quality guidelines. I worked in the domain of integration and implementation, where I investigated approaches and methods through which research is effectively applied and contributes to on-the–ground improvements to environmental health. This is the concept of ‘balancing resource protection and use’.
Distinctions and Awards
National Women in Water Award for: “An outstanding contribution to the water sector in South Africa with regard to water research and policy development” from Minister Ronnie Kasarils, 2002
Southern African Society for Aquatic Scientists Silver Medal for: “The exceptionally high standard of a particular contribution to the management and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and resources: in respect of the inclusion in South Africa’s National Water Policy and National Water Act, of requirements for the protection of South Africa’s water resources.”, 1999
1991: Benthic assemblage structure and the feeding biology of sixteen macroinvertebrate taxa from the Buffalo River, Eastern Cape, South Africa.