Shankar Aswani is a Professor at the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, Rhodes University, South Africa. He is a maritime anthropologist specializing in Coastal Human Ecology among other areas of research. As of 2023, he is rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa as an Internationally acclaimed B level researcher.
Joshua Matanzima is a social scientist who carries out research on human–wildlife conflicts and coexistence, community-based conservation and the experiences of land connected peoples amidst environmental pressures and the climate emergency. He has carried out fieldwork in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Australia and the Solomon Islands. He works as a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia and is also a sessional Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University in Australia.