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Adjunct Professor of Marine Biology, Nelson Mandela University

Matt Dicken is the head of research and monitoring at the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), Ocean Sciences Campus, Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, South Africa.
He has over 20 years of senior management and lecturing experience in the fields of marine conservation, ecology and fisheries management.
His extensive experience of developing and implementing research projects focuses on better understanding the ecology of oceans with a specific focus on fisheries and the socioeconomics of marine tourism.
He is a nationally rated C2 scientist with over 40 peer reviewed publications.
At the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board research department, he is responsible for the strategic vision, management, policy formulation and cost-effective budget control.
He is also a visiting researcher at the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.


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    Adjunct Professor of Marine Biology , Nelson Mandela University