Dr. Georgia French Founder and Chairperson

I am a shark and surf loving conservation biologist from the UK, where I earned a Degree in Zoology from Cardiff University and a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from the University of Reading. I have a PhD in great white shark trophic ecology.

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I have worked on seabirds on several islands around the UK and undertook my Masters project on sooty terns in the Seychelles. I subsequently earned a full time, 7 month role with Nature Seycelles monitoring Critically Endangered Paradise Flycatchers on Denis Island before being offered the position of Project Coordinator with the Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles.

During three and a half years managing projects, staff and volunteers for MCSS, I worked on several species of shark, including whale sharks, bulls, tigers and lemons in addition to turtles, coral reef fish, and terrestrial amphibians and reptiles.

In addition to my role with MCSS, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Shark Research Foundation, Seychelles and the Steering Committee for the Seychelles’ International Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. Shark research included acoustic tagging and tracking, use of Baited Remote Underwater Video surveys, monitoring the catch of local shark fishermen and evaluating and designing protected areas specifically for whale sharks.

Upon returning to the UK, I completed a six month contract with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, using GIS and species distribution modelling tools to evaluate the conservation status of protected amphibians, before being selected for my dream PhD on white sharks.  I am now a PhD student with the University of Sussex, investigating the ecology of white sharks, with field work in South Africa.

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