Meet Our Team:
SCIENTISTS, CONSERVATIONISTS, PROFESSIONAL FREEDIVE & SCUBA INSTRUCTORS, DIVEMASTERS, STUDENTS, CAPTAINS, PASSIONATE WATERMEN AND WATERWOMEN.
LEAD SHARK CONSERVATIONIST & MARINE BIOLOGIST/ETHOLOGIST:
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
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
SHARK SPECIALIST, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND CAPTAIN :
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
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
SHARK BIOLOGIST, SAFETY DIVER AND CAPTAIN:
"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
OFFICE MANAGER, CAPTAIN, DIVEMASTER, SHARK SAFETY DIVER/NATURALIST:
ELI is our office manager, and he is studying Business at BYUH. Eli are up in the water, he 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 assets 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
SHARK NATURALIST, SAFETY DIVER, DIVEMASTER, FREEDIVER AND CONSERVATIONIST:
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
SEA TURTLE BIOLOGIST, ENVIRONMENTALIST
ALEXIS is a sea turtle and marine conservationist. She studied Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and is currently working on a graduate certificate in Ocean Policy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Alexis is a PADI Divemaster candidate and is currently working on launching our Honu Program early next year! 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
ONE OCEAN GLOBAL, ASSISTANT STUDENT RESEARCHER, APEX PREDATOR SPECIALIST
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
PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE, EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH, AND COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL AMBASSADOR:
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
ONE OCEAN CONSERVATION TEAM, PADI DIVER
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
MARINE BIOLOGIST/RESEARCH ASSISTANT INTERN
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.
MARINE BIOLOGIST/RESEARCH ASSISTANT INTERN
Hi! We're Andy, Laura, Natalie (12) and Lexie (9). Three years ago we traded our successful business and hectic life in the suburbs in search of something more meaningful and closer to our hearts. We now live aboard a sailing catamaran, currently based in the Caribbean and Bahamas. We're crazy passionate about the ocean, protecting and conserving it for all future generations with a special soft spot for sharks. Our journey has taken us from stunning, diverse environments to areas that have been horribly degraded by overfishing and choked out by plastic waste. Seeing how paradise should be, and how it is suffering at our hands, has strengthened our resolve to share our experiences and hopefully inspire others to go out and see it for themselves, to fall in love with the ocean so they too will fight to protect it. As sharks are one of its most misunderstood inhabitants we find it incredibly gratifying when we are able to give others the confidence and opportunity to see and experience sharks in he water in a safe environment...there is nothing quite like your first shark encounter <3. Likewise speaking to locals as we travel from island to island (especially kids and fishermen who are always keen to talk) is another way we can educate, change perceptions and really make a difference at a local level.
THE CORBE OHANA: ANDY CORBE, LAURA CORBE, NATALIE CORBE & LEXIE CORBE
ONE OCEAN GLOBAL AMBASSADORS, OCEAN CONSERVATION FAMILY
SUNNY WANG & DIZZY DIZZO
ONE OCEAN GLOBAL STAR AMBASSADORS FOR CHINA AND GLOBAL
SUNNY is a Chinese-American Actor and his wife DIZZY, a famous singer are freedivers, artists, conservationists and our One Ocean Global Star Ambassadors! These two love freediving with sharks, especially whale sharks, and we are thrilled to have them apart of our team! Sunny and Dizzy help with our global efforts to protect healthy ocean ecosystems, shark conservation and getting the word out about shark fin soup and shark finning. Coming from China, their voices have a large impact in educating and reducing the demand for the toxic shark fin soup dish.
Check them out on INSTAGRAM:
@SUNNYBOYYY AND @DIZZYDIZZO
ONE OCEAN GLOBAL AMBASSADOR; AIDA FREEDIVING INSTRUCTOR IN MAINLAND CHINA/PROFESSIONAL FREEDIVER
JESS is a software engineer working at a tech company in Silicon Valley. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 with degrees in Marine Sience and Physical Geography. Although her career took an unexpected turn, her passion for the marine life and ecosystem never faded. She loves being in the ocean, and has snorkeled and dived with Sandbar sharks, Galapagos sharks, Bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions and sea turtles. She recently picked up scuba diving and underwater photography, hoping to share the wonders of our ocean to the world. She also loves playing with her fur children Muu and Doppler Kendo. Her goal is to help protect the ocean by spreading awareness in her community through talks, photographs, social media and by organizing cleanup events.
Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @ESKIMUU
Being born in France and traveling the world with my family at such a young age, Iʻm privileged and grateful for the insight Iʻve been given on how precious life is. Growing up, it saddened me to see hw ignorant my generation was to the current issues our world is facing. I made it my lifeʻs mission to inspire people to see the beauty I see in the world. At the age of 13, I started Saving Wildlife Project. Starting out small, I raised funds for different organizations concerning various endangered species. Now I go to schools and educate students on the plight of sharks, marine species, as well as other wildlife and lead educational tours at sea and on land. Being an ambassador for One Ocean Diving has opened so many doors for me, as a person and an organization. Itʻs led me to start my own shark research here in San Diego and given me the confidence to do so. Starting at a young age, Iʻve always had a deep respect for sharks. Iʻm currently studying mako shark behavior, among other aspects of our local sharks, and working on banning local restaurants from serving shark meat. If Iʻm able to change the perspective of sharks of at least one person a day, thatʻs all one needs to make a change in my opinion. Start small, but be consistent; consistency is key. We need to defend those animals that cannot be heard and cannot voice their pain. We need to stand together and teach the world that coexistence is possible.
MADI is a 14 year old entrepreneur and marine conservation enthusiast. She started the social media feed "Its_Their_Ocean" #ITSTHEIROCEAN for shark conservation. Madi has dove with Tiger sharks, Sandbar sharks, and even Great whites. Madi is a wonderful role model and a great example of our future GENERATIONS. Madi helps with the "Shells-for-sharks" benefit line with water inspired conservation group. She has also helped with the digital shark ID program and there is a sandbar shark named after her.
Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @MADI_MAKOFF
LYLA "LOU," moved from Utah to Hawaii in 2014, and has been in love since day 1. Being surrounded by such a beautiful places fueled Lyla's passion for animals on land and in sea. For her 7th birthday, all she wanted to do was swim with sharks. Lyla and her parents headed out on Pono Kai for the first time in fall 2015, and thus began Lyla's deep love and need to protect the apex predators that so many fear. After going out multiple times and swimming with hundreds of Galapagos and Sandbar sharks, Lyla began to realize that she wanted to join the effort to save these amazing animals. Lyla hopes that by spreading knowledge about sharks and encouraging others to stand up for them, we as a collective will begin to realize that it's not just sharks that need our help. Lyla also enjoys climbing trees, surfing, playing with her friends, hiking and exploring with her family and questioning local establishments on their fishing and sourcing practices.
Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @LOUHELPSYOUSAVESHARKS
MOLLIE is a 16 year old, One Ocean Divingʻs Youth Ambassador living in Carlsbad, California. She has always been passionate about the ocean since she was young, and wants everyone to appreciate it too. Her goal is to get people to view the ocean as a non-scary, beautiful, and important ecosystem. She enjoys traveling and hopes to one day be ale to visit all of the oceans, as well as make a difference in marine conservation. She is very thankful for Ocean, Juan and everyone at One Ocean Diving for the opportunity to become a youth ambassador.
Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @MOLLIEMATHIESEN