Source to_Sea

Much of Sue’s work has involved repackaging technical information into a form more easily accessible to a non-specialist audience for environmental awareness-raising purposes.

For example, she was contracted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to write a booklet From Source to Sea for the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) on the impact of the Orange River on the marine and coastal environment, and subsequently a booklet on the environmental flow requirements of the lower Orange River and estuary.


In 2008 she wrote the booklet Beaches: a diversity of coastal treasures for the City of Cape Town.

She has written more than 70 articles for The Water Wheel, the magazine of the Water Research Commission, and wrote many articles for Quest magazine, published by the Academy of Science of South Africa, during her three-year term as Editor. She has also written for a number of other magazines, including African Wildlife, Veld & Flora, Africa Environment & Wildlife, Fishing Industry News and Marine Scientist. Click on each of the 'Focus areas' for examples of these articles. 

Her writing often has an environmental education focus, such as the 35+ factsheets she contributed to the Coastcare Factsheet Series file, on subjects such as otters, kelp forests, upwelling, pelagic fishing, dune
mining and harbour pollution.


Other material for young readers includes her three Questions and Answers children’s books published by Struik during the 1990s.

She has also written text for exhibit panels and interpretative signboards, including those for a heritage trail round Knysna’s Thesen Islands development.

Some of her writing is of a more technical nature, such as the South Africa Journal of Science paper she co-authored on the Catchment2Coast project.

Sue provides many of the images for her writing projects, as she is a keen nature photographer: www.suematthewsphotography.com.

Copyright © 2020. All Rights Reserved.