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Dr. Alison A. Kock

Email: Alison [dot] Kock [at] sanparks [dot] org

Alison Kock is a marine biologist at the Cape Research Centre, 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. 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, behavioural ecology and more recently in 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 gets used in education, management and policy. She is a qualified boat skipper, rescue diver, loves exploring wild open spaces and is fascinated by sharks.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. A De Vos, M Justin O'Riain, MA Meÿer, PG Kotze, AA Kock (2015). Behavior of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) in response to spatial variation in white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) predation risk. Marine Mammal Science. 31 (3), 1234-1251
  2. A De Vos, M Justin O'Riain, MA Meyer, PGH Kotze, AA Kock (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. 31(3), 1118-1131
  3. Dicken, M., Kock, A.A. and Hardenberg, M. (2015). First observations of dusky shark

(Carcharhinus obscurus) predation on a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf. Marine and Freshwater Research: 66(12) 1211-1215 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14317

  1. Weltz, K, Kock, AA, Winker, H, Attwood, C, Sikweyiya, M. (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 8(7): e68554.

doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068554

  1. Huveneers, C., Rogers, P.J., Semmens, J., Beckmann, A. Kock, B. Page and Goldsworthy, S.

(2013). Effects of an electric field on white sharks: In situ testing of an electric deterrent. PLOS ONE 8(5): e62730. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062730

  1. Kock AA, O’Riain MJ, Mauff K, Meÿer M, Kotze D, C Griffiths (2013) Residency, Habitat Use and Sexual Segregation of White Sharks, Carcharodon carcharias in False Bay, South Africa. PLOS ONE 8(1): e55048. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055048
  2. Kock, A. A., Titley, S., Petersen, W., Sikweyiya, M., Tsotsobe, S., Colenbrander, D., Gold, H. and Oelofse, G. (2012). Shark Spotters: A pioneering shark safety programme in Cape Town, South Africa. In Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the Great White Shark, ed. Michael L. Domeier, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
  3. Curtis T.H, Bruce B, Cliff G, Dudley, S.J, Klimley, P.A, Kock A.A, Lea, R.N, Lowe C.G, McCosker, J.E, Skomal G.B, Werry J.M, West, J.G. (2012) Responding to the risk of white shark attack: Updated statistics, prevention, control methods and recommendations. In Global Perspectives on the Biology and Life History of the Great White Shark, ed. Michael L. Domeier, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
  4. Laroche, R. K, Kock, A. A., Dill, L. and Oosthuizen, H. (2008). Running the gauntlet: a predator prey game between sharks and two age classes of seals. Animal Behaviour. Vol. 76: 1901-1917
  5. Laroche, R. K, Kock, A. A., Dill, L. and Oosthuizen, H. (2007). Effects of provisioning ecotourism activity on the behaviour of white sharks Carcharodon carcharias. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 338: 199–209

PhD THESIS

  1. Kock, A.A. (2014). Behavioural ecology of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in False Bay, South Africa: Towards improved management of a threatened species. PhD thesis (Download:

https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/8803)

TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS

  1. Kock, A. A. Waries, S., Davison, A. Gold, H. and Oelofse, G. (2014). Fish Hoek Shark Exclusion Net Evaluation Report. Final report to the City of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
  2. Huveneers, C., Rogers, P.J., Semmens, J., Beckmann, A. Kock, B. Page and Goldsworthy, S. (2012). Providing a safe working environment for marine activities: risk assessment of the efficacy of the Shark Shield™ electric deterrent. Final Report to SafeWork South Australia. South Australian Research and Development Institute (Aquatic Sciences), Adelaide
  3. Kock A. A., Johnson, R.L., Bester M.N., Compagno L., Cliff G., Dudley S., Gennari E., Griffiths C.L., Kotze D., Laroche K., Meyer M.A., Oosthuizen W.H. and Swanson, S. (2006). White shark abundance: not a causative factor in numbers of shark bite incidents. In Nel. D. C. and Peschak, T. P. (eds). Finding a balance: White shark conservation and recreational safety in the inshore waters of Cape Town, South Africa: proceedings of a specialist workshop. WWF South Africa Report Series – 2006/Marine/001.
  4. Johnson, R.L., Kock A. A., M.N. Bester, L. Compagno, S. Dudley, C.L. Griffiths, T. Keswick, P.G.H. Kotze, K. Laroche, M.A. Meyër, W.H. Oosthuizen, S. Swanson and L Jacobs (2006). South

Africa’s white shark cage-diving industry – is there cause for concern? In Nel. D. C. and Peschak, T. P. (eds). Finding a balance: White shark conservation and recreational safety in the inshore waters of Cape Town, South Africa: proceedings of a specialist workshop. WWF South Africa Report Series – 2006/Marine/001.

  1. Oelofse, G., Kock, A.A, Johnson, R. and Haskins, C. (2006). Is there a relationship between white shark presence and the management of city estuaries and river mouths? In Nel. D. C. and Peschak, T. P. (eds). Finding a balance: White shark conservation and recreational safety in the inshore waters of Cape Town, South Africa: proceedings of a specialist workshop. WWF South Africa Report Series – 2006/Marine/001

STUDENT SUPERVISION

  1. Tamlyn Engelbrecht, MSc (UCT, current). Spatial and temporal movement of sevengills sharks in South Africa.
  2. Leigh de Necker, MSc (UCT, current). Diet and trophic position of sevengills sharks in South Africa.
  3. Kristina Loosen, MSc (UCT, current). Determining the influence of prey availability on white shark occurrence along inshore areas of False Bay.
  4. Kay Weltz, MSc (UCT, 2013). The influence of environmental variables on the presence of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, at two popular Cape Town bathing beaches.
  5. Adrian Hewitt, MSc (UCT, 2014). Population dynamics of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in False Bay, South Africa.
  6. Tamlyn Engelbrecht, Honours (UCT, 2013). The Shark Spotter program: successfully reducing spatial overlap between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and recreational water users in False Bay, South Africa

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Kock, A.A. (2016). Predators as prey. In: Sharks by Michael Muller Taschen Books
  2. Kock, A.A and J.M. O’Riain. (2015). Living with white sharks: non-lethal solutions to shark-human interactions in South Africa. In: Conflicts in Conservation - Navigating Towards Solutions. Redpath, S.M., Gutierrez, R.J., Wood, K.A., Young, J.C., Evely, A. and Reed, M. (Ed). Cambridge University Press.
  3. Kock, A. A. and Oelofse, G. (2012). Living with white sharks in Cape Town. Book Chapter in In my element by Theodore Yach.
  4. Kock, A. A. (2012). Playing tag with great white sharks. Book Chapter in Shark stories by Al Venter and friends (Protea publishers).