Hear an interview with Ryan that aired on More FM in early June 2014
He’s been researching and tracking great white sharks around the world for the past fifteen years and is now one of the world’s leading shark scientists. Kiwi expat Ryan Johnson will be one of the key international guests at this year’s festival.
Ryan Johnson, a marine explorer and wildlife documentary filmmaker for National Geographic channel, will deliver a compelling presentation on the research he has conducted in South Africa and around the world on great white sharks. His research includes a satellite telemetry project launched in 2005 that involved tracking a female great white dubbed ‘Nicole’ from South Africa to Australia and back. He was also a key figure behind OCEARCH, the largest shark-tracking research project in the world, which involved tagging and tracking 50 sharks including 35 great whites.
Festival Director Chris Green says having a guest of Ryan Johnson’s calibre is “a fantastic opportunity for the public to hear first-hand from someone at the cutting edge of marine research”. The festival will also run a University of Otago led marine science day on Sunday 13 July featuring some of Ryan’s internationally featured documentaries, a shark dissection demonstration and workshops for all ages. Ryan will also give a talk at the Auckland Museum during the July school holidays.
“He is one of the world’s leading authorities on great white sharks, making a contribution to the conservation and management of the great white both locally and globally, and we are thrilled to have him in Dunedin as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival.”
Read more about Ryan's visit to the 2014 Festival in the New Zealand Herald and the Otago Daily Times.