Since 2007 SASC has hosted numerous students from around the world, and supported many research projects focused on the biology, life-history, behaviour and ecology of elasmobranchs found in Walker Bay.

Our primary research focus is on endemic and commercially exploited shark species, with projects on conservation genetics, movement ecology, population dynamics and community structure.

Students who join the SASC team must be independent and hardworking, with a proven track record of field experience. A minimum 6-month stay at the lab is required for MSc students, while PhD and Post Doc researchers must stay for a minimum of 1 year. Prospective students must submit a full project proposal and complete our Project Collaboration Agreement prior to arrival at the Shark Lab.

Occasionally we will offer Honours level research projects, however research is generally aimed at the MSc and PhD level. Students are expected to cover certain project-related expenses, which are agreed upon prior to acceptance at the lab.

We do not offer academic support, other than daily supervisory needs, therefore all prospective students must have academic supervisors secured within their university. 


Examples of previous student research projects

  • Occurrence and distribution of batoids in Walker Bay using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) and fishery-independent survey data.
  • Assessing the dietary overlap of 5 endemic catshark species using stable isotope analysis.
  • Study of the scarring patterns of white sharks using observer data.
  • Instrumental conditioning and learning in the leopard catshark.
  • Assessment of ageing techniques in the spearnose skate.
  • Dietary analysis of smoothound sharks.