About us



The Water Research Group (WRG) was established in 2011 by Proffs Nico Smit, Victor Wepener, Corrie Wolmarans. The WRG consists of a team of specialist aquatic biologists and ecologists based at the Unit for Environmental Science and Management at the North West University in Potchefstroom.  The WRG has more than 100 years of combined experience in the fields of aquatic health, aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology.  They have completed projects for governments and numerous private sector organisations in South Africa, Africa and abroad. The areas of specialisation of the members of the group include; aquatic, estuarine and marine ecology, aquatic, estuarine and marine ecotoxicology, aquatic ecosystem management, risk management, marine parasitology, fish biology and inland fisheries management.  In addition to the core areas of specialisation of the WRG an extensive local (NWU), national and international network of specialists is utilised to complement the services that the WRG can present.



The vision of the WRG is to make a significant contribution to the scientific understanding of the ecological processes of aquatic ecosystems on a local, national and regional scale.



The WRG prioritizes capacity building of postgraduate students from NWU and thereby promotes involvement of postgraduate students in the practical aspects of all projects.

The WRG also aims to provide cost-effective aquatic research and consulting services to private and government sectors.


The Water Research Group has the following three legs, please click on any one of these links to learn more about each:


Ecology Ecotoxicology Parasitology