Wildlife Forensics


As a wildlife forensic scientist, I use DNA techniques to bridge the gap between conservation genetics, fisheries management and law enforcement, by providing efficient methods for species-level identification of sharks.

In addition, I also analyze shark skin samples by screening dermal denticles via light microscopy for their ability to discriminate between species. I also evaluate several morphometric measurements of dressed (beheaded and finned) fish for suitability in differentiating species during port inspections. This work formed part of my doctorate and served as flagship for establishing a dedicated fisheries forensics laboratory in South Africa. This work is done in collaboration with Stellenbosch University and field scientist at the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE).