Marine Biologist, South African National Parks (SANParks); Institute for Communities and Wildlife, University of Cape Town, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

Alison Kock is a marine biologist at the Cape Research Center, South African National Parks. She is a Honorary Research Associate at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (UCT). Alison completed her PhD in biological sciences at the University of Cape Town and her research interests lie in the areas of conservation biology, top predator conservation, behavioral ecology, marine protected areas and biodiversity monitoring. She currently serves on the executive committee of Shark Spotters, a non-profit organisation whose vision is the sustainable co-existence of people and sharks and is the project leader of Sharks on the Urban Edge, a keystone project funded by the Save Our Seas Foundation. Alison is committed to conducting research that is applied to education, management and policy. She is a qualified boat skipper, rescue SCUBA diver, loves wild open spaces and is fascinated by sharks.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Honorary research associate, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
  • 2017–present
    Marine biologist, South African National Parks
  • 2017–present
    Honourary research associate, Institute for Communities and Wildlife
  • 2008–2017
    Research manager, Shark Spotters
  • 2003–2011
    Marine biologist, Save Our Seas Foundation

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Cape Town, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Cape Town, BSc (Honours)
  • 1998 
    University of Cape Town, BSc

Publications

  • 2017
    Pessimistic assessment of white shark population status in South Africa: Comment on Andreotti et al.(2016), Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • 2017
    Trends in sightings and population structure of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, at Seal Island, False Bay, South Africa, and the emigration of subadult female sharks approaching maturity, Environmental Biology of Fishes
  • 2017
    Shark Spotters: Successfully reducing spatial overlap between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and recreational water users in False Bay, South Africa, PLOS ONE
  • 2015
    Living with white sharks: non-lethal solutions to shark-human interactions in South Africa, Conflicts in Conservation - Navigating Towards Solutions
  • 2015
    Behavior of Cape fur seals, (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) in relation to temporal variation in predation risk by white sharks, (Carcharodon carcharias) at a seal rookery in False Bay, South Africa, Marine Mammal Science
  • 2015
    Behavior of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) in response to spatial variation in white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) predation risk, Marine Mammal Science
  • 2015
    First observations of dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) predation on a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf. , Marine and Freshwater Research.
  • 2013
    The influence of environmental variables on the presence of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, at two popular Cape Town bathing beaches. A Generalized Additive Mixed Model, PLOS ONE
  • 2013
    Effects of an electric field on white sharks: In situ testing of an electric deterrent, PLOS ONE
  • 2013
    Residency, Habitat Use and Sexual Segregation of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias in False Bay, South Africa, PLOS ONE
  • 2012
    Responding to the risk of white shark attack: Updated statistics, prevention, control methods and recommendations, Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the Great White Shark
  • 2012
    Shark Spotters: A pioneering shark safety programme in Cape Town, South Africa, Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the Great White Shark
  • 2008
    Running the gauntlet: a predator-prey game between sharks and two age classes of seals, Animal Behaviour
  • 2007
    Effects of provisioning ecotourism activity on the behaviour of white sharks Carcharodon carcharias, Marine Ecology Progress Series

Professional Memberships

  • Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP)
  • Shark Spotters (executive committee)