I am originally from Canada, but have been based in South Africa since 2003. I have a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science, where I specialized in the stock assessment and fishery management of commercially fished sharks in South Africa. I am the founder and owner of the South African Shark Conservancy where I oversee the development and implementation of research projects and the training of early career scientists through the Shark Academy. I have co-authored scientific papers on sharks and serve as a specialist scientist on a number of international committees. My experience has led me on many adventures, which have been featured on Animal Planet, BBC Earth, Discovery Channel, Forbes Women Africa, and more. I started The Shark Company in 2018 to share sharks with the world in a unique, responsible and interactive way.
Scientist // Mentor // Explorer // Entrepreneur // Mother
About my Work
Network of Women in Marine Science
IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group
Reunion Shark Risk Management Center
Founder & Owner
South African Shark Conservancy and The Shark Company
South African Shark Advisory Group
African Water Warrior
Forbes Women Africa
I have been studying sharks around the world for more than 20 years. I work with a global network of scientists, conservationists and communities to drive conservation change. I am currently focused on the development of pragmatic ocean conservation solutions for coastal Africa using a holistic scientific and outreach approach.
Developing natural capital accounting systems for ocean resources.
Studying movement ecology, behaviour, life-history, genetics and fisheries.
Assessing biodiversity and habitat types in the Cape Whale Coast.
Understanding fishery impacts on sharks.
Parasitology & Ecotoxicology
Supporting research on the effects of parasites and pollution in sharks.
Women in STEM
Working with the Network of Women in Marine Science to empower women in Africa.
The Business of Conservation
Creatively funding ocean conservation through business development.
Science is costly. And funding opportunities are few and far between. Today’s scientists need to think out of the box and create their own opportunities which will help them channel their research and focus on their passions.
Over the past 20 years I have focused on developing skills, networking and creating opportunities that have enabled me to grow my own businesses and pursue my goals. All with a focus on sharks and conservation.
By developing my own NGO and ecotourism company, along with a dedicated training program for early career scientists and research divers, my team and I have been able to fund research into vulnerable species and spaces.
Through these experiences, I have been lucky enough to work in an environment that is constantly challenging me and helping me grow as both a scientist and businesswoman. Allowing me to continue creatively thinking outside the box while working in a field that I love.