Dr Robynne Chrystal

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
Sustainable Minerals Institute
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Robynne has a background in academia and more recently consulting. She started off her career at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa where she held a lecturing position in the Civil Engineering Department. During this time she was involved in research projects including ecohydrology, estuarine and coastal modelling. Robynne has spent the last 5 years in consulting, where she worked as a water resources engineer on a wide array of projects including urban and industrial drainage, creek diversions, water management, erosion and sediment control, mine closure and rehabilitation, green urban development and estuarine modelling. Robynne has a Bsc in Agricultural/Bioresources Engineering, a Msc in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Engineering from UKZN.

Research Impacts

Robynne's main research interest includes undertaking interdisciplinary research to achieve novel solutions for the sustainable management of water and associated aquatic ecosystems.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kwazulu Natal


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Stretch, Derek D., Chrystal, Clinton P., Chrystal, Robynne A., Maine, Christopher M. and Pringle, Justin J. (2013). Estuary and lake hydrodynamics. Ecology and conservation of estuarine ecosystems: Lake St Lucia as a global model. (pp. 113-150) edited by Renzo Perissinotto, Derek D. Stretch and Ricky H. Taylor. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139095723.009

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor