Dr Christopher Dada

Water Quality/Microbiology Specialist

Chris is an environmental health microbiologist, specializing in the fate, transport, detection, and control of pathogens in environmental media. He completed a Masters degree in Water Policy at Oxford University’s Center for the Environment which adequately equipped him to provide high-level advisorial support to decision makers, managers and policy makers in water policy and management. His PhD research focused on the molecular characterization of faecal indicator bacteria and antibiotic-resistant pathogens in aquatic environments.
As a Research Fellow under the leadership of Prof David Hamilton (University of Waikato), he honed his modelling skills (nitrogen/phosphorus species and pathogens) using a variety of catchment, hydrodynamic and empirical models. Chris has gained extensive experience in environmental science research with a focus on projects that assess/predict the effect of past/future management decisions on water quality.
In 2019, Chris added to his considerable range of microbiology and water-quality modelling skills by successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate programme at Massey University with courses on a range of data analysis and modelling methods. During the courses, Chris extensively applied Python, SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner, which are sophisticated programming tools specially suited for big-data analysis and visualization.
In his current role at SEL, Chris provides specialist expertise in microbiology, quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA), predictive modelling and big data analysis to a range of commercial projects.