Matt will take an active role on-camera, analyzing our high speed footage of shark behaviour. For a scientist devoted to human shark interactions, this project is a golden opportunity.
Over the past decade Dr. Dicken has worked on many of South Africa’s shark species including white, tiger, Zambezi, dusky and ragged tooth sharks. He has published 13 lead author papers on sharks in peer reviewed scientific journals, as well as numerous popular articles. His work has also been featured on several documentary channels.
As a senior research associate he is currently the lead scientist in several ongoing shark projects. The most notable of these is investigating the movement patterns of white sharks in Algoa Bay as part of a beach and bather shark safety program. A current area of interest is the non-consumptive use of sharks and other marine resources along the South African coast. Seeking creative solutions for marine development and tourism he hopes that his work will help to develop new ecotourism opportunities within South Africa.