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 Snorkel.”
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 primarily on shark behavior and specifics on territorial body language, social hierarchy, and behavior changes in relation to human presense and other external influencers), Ocean’s masters research is the basis for the pelagic program. Ocean has also worked more than a decade as a professional SCUBA (PADI MSDT 10+ Year) free dive 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 an 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 around the world to many other countries every year to other international marine research and conservation programs.
Outside of work, Ocean's favorite thing is 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. She hopes that through shark awareness and educational programs, based on research and conservation efforts, people will turn the general "JAWS" fear around, wanting to help protect and save these important animals before their small remaining populations are 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 One Ocean Research and Diving 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/VIDEOGRAPHER AND CAPTAIN
JUAN aka "JuanSharks" is the co-founder of One Ocean Diving and Research and our head 20-year primary Captian & Shark Specialist. His professional and award-winning photography and videography has been published in every major media outlet around the world. Juan graduated with a degree in fine art and photography. Combined with his 15+ years as a PADI dive master, he is the expert in underwater conservation photography and videography, having worked with large marine animals all around the world. Juan has also worked as a safety diver on over 1,000 productions, as well as being lead photographer/videographer for many commercial shoots in the water.
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 been 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) and Save The Sea Turtles International.
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 is a Senior Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Australia. She received her PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. Her expertise in the social and economic aspects of marine resource use and management, and she has published several scientific papers demonstrating the value of shark ecotourism for sustaining local economies and engaging people in conservation. Michele is a research advisor for One Ocean Research and is a member of the conservation group Water Inspired. Michele also comes on board as a naturalist and dive master.
HUNTER grew up on the North Shore of Oahu in and around the water. He has been a licensed captain for over 8 years, 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
ALEXIS is a sea turtle and marine conservationist, as well as one of our captains for One Ocean Diving and Research. She studied Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz and has completed a graduate certificate in Ocean Policy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She 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. Her goal is to spread awareness about plastic pollution and its immediate threats to the health and survival of marine life, including sharks and sea turtles!
Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @ALEXIS_UNDERTHESEA
and our Honu Program @LittleOceanTours
CAPTAIN, SEA TURTLE BIOLOGIST, ENVIRONMENTALIST
CAPTAIN, SAFETY DIVER
SAFETY DIVER, SHARK NATURALIST, CONSERVATIONIST
KAY (KAYLEIGH) is a Shark and Marine Conservationist. 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
SAFETY DIVER, MARINE BIOLOGIST
Graduate Degree in Marine
Conservation Biology focusing
on Shark Immunology.
Hi I’m Andy! I am from Miami originally and have been ocean obsessed since childhood. Before I began working at One Ocean Diving, I worked with the Shark Research and Conservation lab out of University of Miami to complete my graduate degree. I focused on shark immunology, examining the bacteria that colonizes on the skin of blacktip and bull sharks. I have been studying sharks formally for over four years now. I have such a deep passion for them as a species and find them endlessly fascinating. I love how we are able to get people connected with these animals and actually give them the experience to swim alongside them and learn about their behaviors and biology. I also adore the sharks as the great mentors that they are. Always learning and experiencing new things when you work with sharks! I’m also a PADI Divemaster, Freediver and safety diver. I also got scuba certified when I was 12 and have the AAUS scientific diver certification.
Taylor is a Marine Biologist and Shark Conservationist. She received her degrees in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Tampa in Florida. While at university she focused on researching hammerhead hydrodynamics. She is a PADI Divemaster, Freediver, and Shark Safety Diver with One Ocean. Taylor also the coordinator of the One Ocean Diving internship program. She loves giving students the opportunity to help out and learn more about opportunities within the marine science field. Taylor’s goal is to show people the reality of sharks while combining her love of diving with her love of science and research.
CHECK HER OUT ON INSTAGRAM: @TAYLORK.SEA
and at @ONEOCEANINTERNS
SAFETY DIVER, MARINE BIOLOGIST
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. Additionally, she is our One Ocean Global ambassador team leader and manager and helps to connect global conservation efforts to better protect this beautiful planet! She is also training to be a shark safety diver for One Ocean Diving.
Check her out on Instagram: @TRACYANN_SALTYGIRL
and at @ONEOCEANGLOBAL
PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE, EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH, AND COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL AMBASSADOR:
ASHLEY 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
OFFICE MANAGER, MARINE BIOLOGIST, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, STAFF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER
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.
Check him out on Instagram: @BLAKETHOMPSONPHOTO