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 Oceans 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 Oliphant @JUANSHARKS
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
*ALL PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE ©JUANOLIPHANT & ©WATERINSPIRED
PHD ECO-ECONOMIST, CHIEF INVESTIGATOR RESEARCH ADVISOR, & DIVEMASTER: DR. MICHELE BARNES
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.
"Jules" (Julia Hartl) Shark Biologist, Safety Diver and Captain for One Ocean Diving & research Check her out on Instagram @seaJewl & the science feed: @oneoceanresearch
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
"Kay" (Kayleigh Burns) Shark Naturalist, Safety Diver, Divemaster, Conservationist for One Ocean Diving and Conservation Board member of Water Inspired Conservation Group Instagram:
@WaterInspired Personal Instagram: Mermaid_Kayleigh
Public representative, educational outreach, and community and cultural ambassador: ASHLEY SCHREINER Instagram: @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
Student Research Assistant: Tracey Mullen Instagram: @tracyann_conservationist
Student and Free diver Tracy Mullen is majoring in Zoology with a minor in Marine Biology as part of the Marine Options Program at the University of Hawaii. She grew up on boats and around the ocean in Southern California, and loves all water-based activities. She started free-diving when she moved to Oahu, and loves being underwater. Animal conservation has always been a passion of hers, and she has spent time working with big cats in Africa, but being that she loves the water, and the ocean is her backyard here in Hawaii, she has turned a lot of her focus to Marine conservation. She is excited to grow as a conservationist, researcher, all while helping spread the awareness of protecting our planet.
Check her out on INSTAGRAM: @TRACYANN_conservationist
YOUTH AMBASSADOR: MADISON "MADI" MAKOFF INSTAGRAM: @MADI_MAKOFFSKI
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. madi has also helped with the digital shark id program and there is a sandbar shark named after her.
check her out on INSTAGRAM: @MADI_MAKOFFSKI
CAPTAIN KEVIN B TINNENY INSTAGRAM @thesearaider
Captian 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.
OFFICE MANAGER, CAPTAIN, & DIVEMASTER/SHARK SAFETY DIVER/NATURALIST: ELI INSTAGRAM: @ELIASHARKS
THAT FRIENDLY VOICE ON THE OTHER LINE WHEN YOU CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION MIGHT LIKELY BE OUR OFFICE MANAGER ELIASHARKS. WHILE ELI IS ACTUALLY A BUSINESS MAJOR FROM BYUH IN LAIE, HE GREW 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 THE SHARKS. HE WAS "BUBBLE MAKER" SCUBA CERTIFIED AT THE AGE OF EIGHT AND IS EXPERIENCED IN BOTH COLD WATER AND ADVANCED DIVES AND FREEDIVES. 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 THAT IS JUST HIS RESTING FACE ;)
CAPTAIN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER, & ASSISTANT FREEDIVING COACH/SHARK SAFETY DIVER & NATURALIST: FORREST THOMAS INSTAGRAM @FORREST.IN.FOCUS
CAPTAIN FORREST THOMAS HAS BEEN DIVING AND WORKING WITH TIGER SHARKS, GALAPAGOS, SANDBAR SHARKS, GREAT WHITES, LEMONS, GREY REEF, ETC. HE IS AN ACCOMPLISHED CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHER AND ADVANCED FREEDIVER DIVING TO OVER 40 METERS WITHOUT FINS.
->SEE OTHER TEAM RESEARCHERS/OWNERS/BOARD MEMBERS/AMBASSADORS/INTERNS AND OTHER AFFILIATES AND CONTRIBUTORS
INTERN PROGRAM: INTERN POSITIONS ALL CURRENTLY: FULL.
PLEASE CHECK BACK NEXT SEMESTER, OR SUBMIT YOUR CV/RESUME/CURRENT STUDY EXPERIENCE TO ONEOCEANDIVING@GMAIL.COM AND PLEASE FOLLOW UP WITH US AS WE HAVE A HIGH VOLUME OF INQUIRES FOR BOOKINGS AND PROJECTS. MAHALO NUI LOA/THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WE HOPE TO WORK WITH YOU SOON.
ASSISTANT FIELD RESEARCH VOLUNTEER INTERN POSITIONS:
ON-CALL, Two week, four week, and single semester long positions.
By application only. Must be enrolled in a biological science, zoology, conservation, or related degree program. Current Divemaster, CPR/1st Aid, and exceptional ocean swimming ability is a mandatory pre-requisite. Priority is given to applicants in a masters program, post grad, undergrads in their 3rd or 4th year with a desire to work with pelagics. This is a wonderful program to gain field work experience working closely with pelagics.
Submit your CV/RESUME/EDUCATIONAL OR WORK EXPERIENCE RECORD for CONSIDERATION FOR THE intern program to: ONEOCEANDIVING@GMAIL.COM ATTN: VOLUNTEER INTERN PROGRAM. PLEASE FOLLOW UP & PLEASE CHECK BACK NEXT SEMESTER FOR MORE OPENINGS FOR OTHER PROGRAM OPENINGS. Mahalo nui loa, we hope to work with you soon.
The research vessel is also open and free to researchers in related fields of study. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Research Team with your post grad research proposals.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR TED TALK ON WHY SHARKS ARE IMPORTANT