Alessandro De Maddalena



Alessandro De Maddalena (Milan, 1970) is one of the world’s foremost shark experts. He’s a researcher, writer, illustrator, photographer and expedition leader. He is ‘Dottore Magistrale in Scienze Naturali’. He earned a ‘Laurea Magistrale’, equivalent to a Master of Science, M.Sc., from the University of Milan. His Thesis was on the presence of the great white shark in the Mediterranean Sea. He is an Adjunct Professor of Vertebrate Zoology for the post-graduate course in Marine Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. He’s a collaborator of Apex Shark Expeditions, (South Africa), of Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions (Australia), of Strømsholmen Sjøsportsenter (Norway), and has hosted over 40 expeditions with them. During these expeditions he gives courses in biology of sharks (in South Africa and Australia) and orcas (in Norway). He’s also the curator of the Italian Great White Shark Data Bank, a founding member of the Mediterranean Shark Research Group, a Regional Investigator of the Global Shark Attack File, and an Ambassador of the Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance.


He is the author or co-author of 20 books on sharks, 35 research reports in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 82 articles in popular and professional magazines, published in 18 Nations. His photos and illustrations of sharks and other marine animals have appeared in numerous books, scientific journals and popular magazines. He has collaborated with magazines such as Sub, Mondo Sommerso, Il Pesce, EuroFishmarket, Aqva, Quark, Airone, Rivista Marittima, National Geographic Italia, Dive New Zealand, Dive Pacific, The World and I, Annales, Biologie in unserer Zeit, Unterwasser, Tauchen, Duiken, Apnéa, Plongeurs International, Océanorama, Enviromagazin, Mojesabz.


He has also given many lectures on shark biology at many universities, museums and diving associations in Europe. From 2010 he’s touring the world with his lectures on the great white shark that so far has had 85 dates in 13 Countries with a total attendance of over 8,000 people.