Jared van Rooyen
Expertise and research interests
- Environmental isotopes in the field of hydrology and geohydrology, with specific interests in isotopes in groundwater systems, residence time and groundwater sustainability.
- Experienced in the installation, maintenance and analysis of liquid water isotope analyzers
- Trained in field monitoring techniques of rain rain, river, soil and groundwater
BIOGRIP Research project
My research project is focused on urban isotopes in the City of Cape Town, where I am looking into groundwater supplementing domestic and industrial water supply as well as the return flow into the environment.
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I obtained a PhD at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, in Environmental and Applied Science Management. I specialised in Environmental Microbiology and studied the impact of microbes on sulphide corrosion in deep geological repositories, informing the integrity of the long-term storage of nuclear waste.
The urban waste cycle and environmental health are the research areas I pursue most deeply, with expertise in chemical and microbiological analyses of soil, water, plants and surface-air interfaces. This includes water and wastewater analysis, land application of sewage sludge for agricultural productivity, the microbial health of the built environment, and exploring probiotic philosophy. I am particularly interested in the leap from fundamental to applied science, and in relationship-building between governmental, academic and private sectors
Our current work explores the agricultural risks and benefits when applying sludge wastes to land for crop growth in nutrient-poor sandy soils in the Western Cape.
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