Meet Our Team:

SCIENTISTS, CONSERVATIONISTS, PROFESSIONAL FREEDIVE & SCUBA INSTRUCTORS, DIVEMASTERS, STUDENTS, CAPTAINS, PASSIONATE WATERMEN AND WATERWOMEN.

 
 

OCEAN RAMSEY

LEAD SHARK CONSERVATIONIST & MARINE BIOLOGIST/ETHOLOGIST: 

@OCEANICRAMSEY

OCEAN is the dive safety officer, head field researcher, and the founder of the “Pelagic Research and Animal Interaction Program.” Aka “The Pelagic Shark Program.”  

Ocean has worked in the water with over 32 different species of sharks around the world.  With an extensive educational and professional background in marine biology and work in the field with a large number of marine animals focusing mostly on shark behavior and specifics on territorial body language, social hierarchy, and changes in behavior in relation to the presence of humans and other external influencers, Oceans masters research is the basis for the pelagic program and public participants will get an in depth glimpse at the current study trends in cognitive ecology and social systems of sharks.  Ocean has also worked more than a decade as a professional SCUBA (PADI MSDT 10+ Year,) Freedive instructor (Constant Weight Depth: 175ft Static Breath Hold: 6:30 min,) and professional safety diver for productions and research programs around the world.  She is also an instructor for 1st Aid/CPR/E02/AED/HML/WFR/EMT/DEMP as well as advisor, trainer, and designer of accident management systems for major corporations with dive programs.

Ocean is a co-scientific advisor and the safety advisor for the I.S.P, Hawaii Shark Program, One Ocean Research and Diving, and other International programs. Ocean works year round at home in Hawaii and is on board with One Ocean Research and Diving as much as possible. She travels an average of ten countries a year for other international marine research and conservation programs.  Stay tuned to Oceans latest projects by following her on Instagram at

@Oceanicramsey

Outside of work Ocean's favorite thing is still just spending time in the water with sharks, dolphins, whales, etc.  She LOVES traveling, surfing, yoga, hiking, running, pilates, and using photography/videography to spread awareness for animals and conservation of nature. 
Her primary life passion is her work in shark conservation and has hopes that through shark awareness and educational programs, that support research and conservation efforts, that people will turn the general "JAWS" fear around and want to help protect and save these important animals before their small remaining populations are also wiped out.  She is very proud of Hawaii and loves the opportunity to share its unique cultural ties to the sea and respect for life with visitors through #OneOcean OneOceanResearch and OneOceanDiving programs in association with Water Inspired Conservation and the many other groups she actively collaborates with. 


Check out Oceans TED talk on sharks at: https://youtu.be/UVuHuifQL8Q

and online at: oceanramsey.com & waterinspired.org 

You Tube:  http://youtu.be/d_UJv3zWyxQ


JUAN OLIPHANT

SHARK SPECIALIST, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND CAPTAIN :

@JUANSHARKS

JUAN is co-owner of One Ocean Diving and our head 15 year primary senior level Captian and 15+ year PADI Divemaster. He is a professional and award winning photographer specializing in underwater photography with large marine animals.  He has extensive experience working on a variety of marine life focused boat tours, as well as conservation campaign vessels like Sea Shepards. He's worked as a safety diver on over 100 productions as well as being lead photographer for many commercial shoots in the water. His works have been published internationally in a variety of media sources.  Check out some of his work on INSTAGRAM: @juansharks  and waterinspired.com and WaterInspired.ORG

Juan grew up at the "Turtle house" at Chuns reef in the middle of the famous 7 mile north shore of Oahu, best known for its world class surf.  His ohana runs two non profits and hosts weekly beach clean ups and have working in conservation on the north shore for over 20 years. Juan is a board member on two conservation groups including water Inspired Conservation (Waterinspired.Org.) 

When Juan is not traveling and working on board with One Ocean Research and Diving his favorite thing to do is go surfing at his home break, Chuns Reef. 

Follow Juan and check out his amazing award winning photography on Instagram @juansharks


DR. MICHELE BARNES

PHD ECO-ECONIMIST, CHIEF INVESTIGATOR RESEARCH ADVISOR AND DIVEMASTER

DR. MICHELE BARNES-MAUTHE is a PhD from the University Of Hawaii at Manoa and a professor at HPU, now based with ARC research institute out of James Cook University, Australia.  Michele is one of the researcher advisors and is helping with the four current research projects running off the vessels: ”Pono Kai" or “Mano Kai.” She is also a member of the conservation group Water Inspired. Her work on the value of eco-tourism as a means of sustaining local economies while keeping marine ecosystems healthy, has been published world wide.  Michele also comes on board as a naturalist and dive master. 

 

 

 


CAPTAIN KEVIN B. TINNENY

@THESEARAIDER

CAPTAIN KEVIN is also a lifeguard, avid diver, photographer, and one of the most knowledgeable team members about pelagic fish and seabirds. Captain Kevin is extremely safety conscious, professional, personable, hilarious, and always extremely helpful. "The sky is the limit" if you are lucky enough to be onboard with Capt'n Kevin. 

Check him out on Instagram: @THESEARAIDER


JULIA HARTL

SHARK BIOLOGIST, SAFETY DIVER AND CAPTAIN:

@SEAJEWL

@ONEOCEANRESEARCH

"JULES" (JULIA) is a certified and experienced PADI Instructor and Divemaster, and certified Oneoceandiving professional shark safety diver & researcher. Jules has studied marine vertebrates and conservation biology at Hawaii Pacific University. Also a trained lifeguard, oxygen provider and PFI freediver with work in aquaria and animal husbandry at Pacific Beach Oceanarium. Jules works seasonally as veteran boat crew and research assistant aboard RV Searcher in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and main Hawaiian chain. She is interested in spreading ocean awareness to the global community facing depleted resources, climate change, and an overabundance of plastics visible in the finite sensitivities of marine ecosystems. Her intent is to inspire appreciation for sharks by connecting citizens and scientists to understand that their niche on our planet is essential to the health of the ocean and that sharks do not see people as a prey item or listen to the Jaws soundtrack for fun.

Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @SEAJEWL

& the science feed: @ONEOCEANRESEARCH


ELI RAMSEY

CAPTAIN, DIVEMASTER, SHARK SAFETY DIVER/NATURALIST:

@ELIASHARKS

ELI is one of our Captains and office manager, and is studying Business at BYUH. Eli grew up in the water, and was catching white wash on his surfboard before the age of three and diving in large schools of sharks by age ten. He is a natural in the water with sharks. He was "bubble maker" scuba certified at the age of eight and is experienced in both cold water and advanced dives and free dives. Eli also heads our intern program and assists incoming interns with the process and paperwork to earn college credit. He usually looks a little grumpy but has assured us that is just his resting face ;) 

Check him out on INSTAGRAM: @ELIASHARKS


KAYLEIGH BURNS

SHARK NATURALIST, SAFETY DIVER, DIVEMASTER, FREEDIVER AND CONSERVATIONIST:

@MERMAID_KAYLEIGH

KAY (KAYLEIGH) is a Shark and marine conservationist and advocate with One Ocean Diving, Water Inspired Conservation Group, and Keiko Conservation. She is a PADI Divemaster, Shark safety diver, EFR Instructor, Apnea Total Certified Freediver and a Representative in One Ocean Diving Keiki Outreach Program. Kay studied Tourism and Hospitality at Temple University and completed the Marine Option Program at Windward Community College. She has also completed a shark specialty course with Queensland University and Cornell University. Kay is interested in combining ecotourism practices as it relates to marine life as well as using media outlets to inspire protection for our oceans.

CHECK HER OUT ON INSTAGRAM: @Mermaid_Kayleigh

and on the CONSERVATION GROUP(s): @WaterInspired

           WWW.WATERINSPIRED.ORG

           WWW.KEIKOCONSERVATION.COM

 


FORREST THOMAS

CAPTAIN


ALEXIS ARAW

SEA TURTLE BIOLOGIST, ENVIRONMENTALIST

@ALEXISARAW

ALEXIS is a sea turtle and marine conservationist. She studied Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and has completed a graduate certificate in Ocean Policy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Alexis is a PADI Divemaster and biologist for our Honu Program Little Ocean Tours! She has experience conducting research on small-scale fisheries in the Philippines and locally here in Hawaii and has worked with Hawksbill sea turtles on the Big Island. She is also an educator with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and a strong proponent of "reusable items." Her goal is to spread awareness about plastic pollution and its immediate threats to the health and survival of marine life, including sea turtles!

Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @ALEXISARAW


HUNTER

CAPTAIN

@HKFFISHGUY

HUNTER grew up on the North Shore of Oahu in and around the water. He has been a licensed captain for over 8 years and attended Maritime License Center for Captain's course and is extremely handy when it comes to working on boats! He has been fishing out of Haleiwa Harbor since he was a young child. His aumakua is the Tiger shark and on his first day of work with One Ocean Diving he was lucky enough to see 5! Make sure to come out with Captain Hunter for the best chance to see Tigers! He is also an avid photographer capturing the beauty of nature and life around the globe.

Check him out on INSTAGRAM: @HKFFISHGUY


TRACY MULLEN

ONE OCEAN GLOBAL, ASSISTANT STUDENT RESEARCHER, APEX PREDATOR SPECIALIST

@TRACYANN_SALTYGIRL

TRACY is a certified PADI dive master and recreational free diver. She studied animal science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and focuses on apex predator research and conservation. Tracy has also worked in Africa with big cats and wants to continue traveling to help animals around the globe. She is an avid environmentalist and strives to bring awareness to the importance of trophic cascades to ensure balance within ecosystems. Tracy wants to show people the beautiful side of the worlds most misunderstood animals and create a love for creatures who so often get bad reputations. She is also our One Ocean Global ambassador team leader and manager and helps to connect global conservation efforts to better protect this beautiful planet!


Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @TRACYANN_saltygirl

and at:  @oneoceanglobal


SOPHIE ELLIS

ASSISTANT RESEARCHER

@SHARKYSOPHIE

SOPHIE is a shark and marine conservationist who is training as a Shark Safety Diver at OneOceanDiving. She is a certified CPR and PADI dive instructor, having completed over 300 dives during her time as a diver. Sophie majored in Organismal Biology and Environmental Policy at Pitzer College. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a deep sea coral researcher and interned at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. She completed her thesis on the previously unstudied spotted eagle ray population in Cozumel, Mexico. Sophie is passionate about connecting the public to the true nature of sharks that so often gets twisted by mass media outlets through engagement and conversation. She has a special place in her heart for white sharks, having previously interned researching white sharks in Mossel Bay, South Africa, and hopes to one day work with those of the Pacific.


ASHLEY SCHREINER

PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE, EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH, AND COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL AMBASSADOR:

@SALTANDALOHA

ASHLEY SCHREINER was born and raised in Pearl City on the island of O'ahu.  Spending most of her childhood around the ocean, Ashley made a strong connection with all things ocean-related that was further fostered through her uncle's love for the sea.  Her uncle, Bryan Adona, went missing while bodyboarding in 1992 at a spot called "Leftovers" on the North Shore of O'ahu.  His board was later found with a tiger shark bite on it, but it was not determined that it was the cause of his disappearance.  This was the first time Ashley had witnessed how people can be very quick to view sharks, or even the ocean, in a negative light.  Although it was a difficult time, it is what ended up fueling Ashley's drive to understand the ocean more deeply.  She hopes to share her love for sharks and all marine life through awareness and education that highlight the importance of marine conservation.  A hula dancer since the age of 3, Ashley also hopes to tie her passion for Hawaiian culture into marine conservation efforts, in hopes that the generations to come are equipped with the knowledge of our ancestors and how they took care of the land and sea.

Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @SALTANDALOHA


Annika Young

Educational Outreach, Youth/Global Ambassador, Research Assistant

@nani.moana

Aloha! I’m Annika, a 17 year old shark and marine conservationist, and through conservation campaigns, writing, photography, and lecturing, I hope to help others see sharks in their true nature. That is why I have centered the majority of my conservation efforts around education. From first hand experience, I have witnessed how the fear of sharks can hinder people from understanding what sharks are truly like, how important they are, and what is happening to their species globally. I have made it my mission to be a voice for sharks and educate the public on this issue before it is too late. I’ve personally lectured to thousands of students from kindergarten through high school about sharks’ biology, behavior, importance, and drastic population decline, due to human actions. Through educating youth, I hope to provide them with the encouragement and knowledge that is necessary to join the global fight to save shark species from extinction. I want to leave them inspired to question perspectives, help them realize that every voice matters, and remind them that they all have the potential to make a difference in whatever it is that they are passionate about. The students’ enthusiasm continually reminds me of why being a voice for sharks is one of the most important and beneficial ways that everyone can contribute to larger conservation efforts to save sharks and our oceans in general. I’ve always had a deep respect for our oceans- spending nearly every day of my life in the water- but I have been particularly drawn to sharks, not only for their beauty and importance, but because of their plight and the deeper lessons they’ve shown me- understanding, compassion, awareness, interconnectivity, and respect.

Follow her on INSTAGRAM: @NANI.MOANA


ASHLEY STEYAERT

ONE OCEAN CONSERVATION TEAM

@RATHERASHLEY

ASHLEY started following Ocean Ramsey and her work from a high-rise office of a venture capital firm in San Francisco, where she had become increasingly discontent with life in the mainland rat race. She sat at her work computer one day in 2013 and decided to make a big, drastic change in her life to move towards a life of passion and purpose. At the time, sharks were arguably her greatest fear on earth. On a whim, she Google imaged 'girl with great white shark' thinking she might find a drawing that would inspire her to get out of her comfort zone. Much to he surprise, she found a photo of Ocean taking a dorsal fin ride on a huge Great White Shark named Bella. This image inspired Ashley to change her life. She quit her job, completed PADI Open Water Diver Certification and decided to follow her passion for yoga by becoming an instructor for CorePower Yoga. She has since moved to Oahu where she teaches Yoga and runs One Ocean Diving beach/reef cleanups. And helps with conservation efforts across the island.

Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @RATHERASHLEY

and conservation feed: @ONEOCEANCONSERVATION

 

GE WAGNER

MARINE BIOLOGIST/RESEARCH ASSISTANT INTERN

@GE_KEONI

GE is a recent graduate from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, with a BS in Marine Biology. While in school, he interned at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine biology shark lab, helping graduate students tag sharks (tigers, hammerheads, and six gills) for research projects, as well as feeding and husbandry of captive sharks. He also worked in the Alan Friedlander Fisheries Ecology Research Lab, analyzing and comparing the flight initiation distance (FID) of targeted reef fish species. GE has a deep understanding and love for his Hawaiian culture and wants to help bring back the traditional ecological knowledge of the islands. He is most interested in bridging the gap between modern day Hawai'i and pre-contact Hawai'i, to educate people on how we can be sustainable when looking to our ocean for our resources. He hopes to attend graduate school in the near future to study population genetics of tiger sharks in the Hawaiian Islands, from a cultural standpoint.

Check him out on INSTAGRAM: @GE_KEONI

 

 

BLAKE is a PADI Divemaster, recreational free diver, and an avid underwater photographer. Originally from Chicago, Blake moved to Hawaii to study marine conservation biology and ecology at Hawaii Pacific University where he graduated with a BS in marine biology. While in school Blake worked as a research technician at the Oceanic Institute and as a volunteer in the live exhibits department at the Waikiki aquarium. He is passionate about using visual story telling through photography and media to share scientific research with the general public. He hopes that the use of stimulating visual imagery accompanied by contextual fact can change perceptions and inspire the kind of change needed in the time we have left, especially when it comes to sharks.

BLAKE THOMPSON

MARINE BIOLOGIST/RESEARCH ASSISTANT INTERN

@BLAKETHOMPSONPHOTO