OLSPS Founders


Dr Amos Barkai

Dr Amos Barkai graduated in 1981 with a B. Sc. from Tel Aviv University. He obtained his Ph. D. in Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1987, focusing on the population dynamics and predator-prey interactions in benthic populations. His Ph. D. work, which was published in Science Magazine, has been aired by the BBC, and is a regular feature in Marine Ecology textbooks.

During 1988 he participated in the first scientific diving expedition to Marion Island. Dr Barkai received the Oceania group prize for the best scientific publication based on his Ph. D. research on a marine topic. In 1989, Dr Barkai received the “South African Foundation for Research and Development Award” for distinguished postdoctoral scientists.

Together with Dr Mike Bergh, he has consulted extensively for various clients, focusing in particular on analytical work with complex data sets and the development of specialised commercial database and analytical solutions.

Dr Mike Bergh

Dr Mike Bergh graduated with a B. Sc. Chemical Engineering (First Class Hons) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1979. In 1986, he obtained his Ph. D. at UCT in Applied Mathematics.

He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California in Berkeley (1987) and the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington (1988, 1989) and published on demographic models and statistical experimental design.

Dr Bergh lectured a Master’s course in quantitative techniques applied to living renewable resource management at UCT before initiating the Fisheries Management Consulting divisions of OLSPS Marine with Dr Amos Barkai.

Dr Bergh has experience and expertise in a number of branches of multivariate statistics, data mining and predictive analytics. He is involved in the development of mathematical methods for optimisation procedures. During 18 years of collaboration, Drs Bergh and Barkai have worked on numerous projects and have published hundreds of technical papers.