Exploring our oceans | Driving conservation

I have been studying sharks around the world for the past 20 years. I have a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science with a specialization in the stock assessment and fishery management of commercially fished sharks in South Africa. I founded the research and conservation NGO, the South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) in 2007, and currently manage the research programs at SASC and oversee the training of early career scientists and conservationists 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 expertise in sharks has led me on numerous adventures, and my work has been featured on Animal Planet, BBC Earth, Discovery Channel, Forbes Women Africa, and more. I have also acted as the shark scientist on thrilling expeditions for Land Rover and Discovery Channel. My desire to share sharks with the world in a unique, responsible and interactive way led to me start The Shark Company in 2018.


African Water Warrior

Forbes Women Africa

In 2016, I was named one of Africa's water warriors by Forbes Women Africa for my work in conservation, science communication and community outreach.

Vice Chair

Network of Women in Marine Sciences

I am the elected Vice Chair and South African national representative of the WIOMSA Network of Women in Marine Sciences.

Excellence award

Overstrand Municipality

Granted the Overstrand Mayoral Award for Environmental Excellence for work in marine conservation and outreach in the Overstrand region, South Africa.

Empowering women

Women in Shark Science

I developed this SASC flagship program to address gender equality issues and to empower young women in STEM through training and development.

Business developer

Blue Economy Initiatives

As an entrepreneur and business developer, I focus on the creation of sustainable blue economy business opportunities to empower coastal communities.


Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot

Featured with Dr. Sylvia Earle and my 10-day old son, Rhys, at the launch of the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot in 2014. I had the opportunity to work with Sylvia and Mission Blue to officially designate the Overstrand a marine biodiversity hotspot.

In addition to my research, business development and outreach work, I am passionate about science communication and engaging with the global community to drive conservation change. If you would like to learn more about my work, or have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.