Dr. Riaan Van Der Merwe
Dr. Riaan Van Der Merwe Assistant Professor
Bio
Education
Teaching Areas
Research Interests
Bio

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Riaan Van Der Merwe's earlier work focused on the use of autonomous underwater vehicles and flow visualizations for the evaluation of submerged discharges with particular emphasis on the regulatory mixing zone. He also conducted extensive in-situ research on the effects of elevated salinity on microbial abundance and coral photophysiology as a result of SWRO concentrate discharge into the marine environment.

Currently employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering (& Project Investigator in the Center for Membrane and Advanced Water Technology) at Khalifa University, he focuses on efforts across the multi-disciplinary areas of reverse osmosis (RO), thermal desalination, water-reuse, ecological engineering (with an emphasis on (marine) biodiversity restoration)), and environmental legislation.

He also has significant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) experience and led more than 40 comprehensive EIAs pertaining to desalination, marine environments, oil & gas, petrochemical facilities, and the built/infrastructure environment.

Education
  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • M.Sc., Environmental Management, University of the Free State (South Africa), 2007
  • B.A., Geography, University of the Free State (South Africa), 2001
Teaching Areas
  • Industrial Ecology
Research Interests
  • Coastal zone management
  • Marine biology
  • Echohydrology
  • Environmental legislation