The 2020/2021 Committee

The current committee consists of experts in various fields of bat work. Because the group consists of academics, conservationists, and specialist consultants - it is practical, representative, balanced, and self-regulatory. The committee members are as follows:

SABAA Chairperson
E.J. (Kate) Richardson (MSc, BCom)
is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and owns and runs Richardson & Peplow Environmental based in KwaZulu-Natal. She has been involved in bat conservation, training, research, and rehabilitation for 25 years.
Caroline Lötter is a Senior Zoologist at IWS, and is SACNASP-registered as a Pr. Nat. Sci. in Zoology. Since 2011, Caroline has worked with Kate MacEwan and Trevor Morgan on multiple pre-construction and several operational bat monitoring studies for WEFs in South Africa. She is a co-author of the South African best practice guidelines for pre-construction bat monitoring at WEFs (MacEwan et al, 2020), and has performed a number of bat cave, and numerous (>100) faunal, impact assessments in the country.
Brent Coverdale is the Bird and Mammals Scientist with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, based at the organisation's head office in Pietermaritzburg. His primary function is providing support to management around bird and mammal issues (permits, development applications, and extension). He is also responsible for the compilation of certain state of biodiversity species reports for the province.
Lourens Leeuwner is the Wildlife and Energy Programme Manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Before taking up this position in 2013, he was involved in game ranch management, environmental auditing and environmental management in the construction sector. He is currently overseeing operational monitoring at Eskom Sere Windfarm and pre-construction monitoring at the Eskom Upington CSP. Powerline incident investigation and mitigation takes up the remainder of his time.
Monika Moir (PhD) has six years of working experience as a Senior Environmental Consultant, specializing in preconstruction environmental impact assessments and operational monitoring studies of bats for wind farms. She is registered as a SACNASP Professional Natural Scientist and has undertaken bat work in Lesotho, Tanzania and across South Africa. Monika undertook an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation researching several ecological factors that affect two common South African bat species, and the application of this research to wind farm development in South Africa. She is currently undertaking a post-doc at Stellenbosch University.
Leigh Richards (PhD) is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and is Curator of Mammals at the Durban Natural Science Museum. Leigh’s department is responsible for collecting, receiving, identifying, and curating small mammals from across Africa and so also receives and curates the bodies of bats killed by wind turbines. She has a PhD in bat taxonomy and is currently involved in biodiversity surveys of the eThekwini region and the Eastern Cape. As a member of Bats KZN Leigh also trains bat enthusiasts and professionals in field techniques.
Werner Marais (MSc) is a SACNASP registered Zoologist and is practising full time as a bat specialist consultant with Animalia Zoological & Ecological Consultation CC. He has over 7 years experience working intensively with bats and is currently pursuing a PhD in cave bat ecology.
Stephanie Dippenaar is an environmental manager trading as EkoVler. Her career involved employment at the universities of Namibia, Limpopo and Stellenbosch, as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Stephanie has been involved in managing various environment and conservation related projects in Southern Africa, ranging from impact assessments for renewable energy to management plans for endangered species centres. Since 2011 she started to focus on bat monitoring for renewable energy projects and has since been working as a bat specialist on numerous pre- as well as post-construction bat monitoring programmes.
SAWEA The South African Wind Energy Association has a seat on the SABAA committee to allow better communication between the two organisations. SAWEA has a mission to remove obstacles to the implementation of sustainable wind energy activities in Southern Africa. The current SABAA-SAWEA representatives are Veronique Fyfe and Rebecca Thomas.