Andrea Steel, Director of Development

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Debra Canabal, Ph. D., Development

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Debra Canabal earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a concentration in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She did her thesis work on neuronal control of glucose homeostasis and how it is altered in Diabetes. She was also a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant in which she facilitated the science curriculum for inner city school systems. After completing her Ph.D. she became an animal nutritionist for large and small … [Read more...]

Sarah Mucha, Facebook

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Captain Chris Wade, Ocean Arc Angels and SeaWatch Shark Boat

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Melissa Michaelson, Facebook

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Joyce van den Berg, Web specialist

Joyce van den Berg has been intrigued with sharks since she was a little girl.  Working with the Shark Research Institute has been a fulfilling learning experience, and she shares their belief that sharks are just misunderstood creatures of the sea that need to be protected.  When she's not freelancing as a web design & development specialist, she enjoys spending time sailing in Annapolis, MD on the Woodwind Schooner, Bald Eagle & bird watching and driving her Mini Cooper in rallies … [Read more...]

Joe Romeiro, Film Production

Growing up in and around the water, Joe Romeiro developed a love for the ocean at a young age. After seeing his first shark when he was just 5 years old, he has been captivated by them ever since. A self-taught filmmaker, he founded 333 Productions in 2007 with fellow producer & shark conservationist Bill Fisher. Since then, 333 Productions has created four award-winning films, "Silent Requiem", "Death of a Deity", "A Lateral Line" and "Shark Culture". Most notable awards received include: … [Read more...]

Dean Fessler, Education

Dean Fessler joined SRI in 1991, and began studying bull and Caribbean reef sharks off the Bahamas, and sandtiger sharks off North Carolina. In 1992, he relocated to San Diego to work with blue and mako sharks, and studied hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez. In 1998, he moved to South Africa to study white sharks where he worked with other scientists, underwater photographers and documentary filmmakers. Dean is also a NAUI Divemaster and a member of the Explorers Club. … [Read more...]

Jennifer V. Schmidt, Ph.D., Director of Science and Research

DIRECTOR GENETIC STUDIES Jennifer V. Schmidt, Ph.D. as a post doc Fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, along with molecular biologists Robin Ernst, Robert Phillips, Ph.D. and Greg O’Mullan, Ph.D., she initiated SRI’s DNA studies of sharks in 2002. Robin and Jennifer were the first to isolate genetic markers of whale sharks. Jennifer attended the First International Whale Shark Conference in Perth (2005), and the Second International Whale Shark Conference at … [Read more...]

Lesley Rochat, Media Production

Lesley Rochat is a Shark Warrior, a shark and marine conservationist. She graduated from of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied dramatic arts, followed by studies in Environmental Science and Cosmology through UNISA. Before dedicating her life to marine conservation she had a diverse background which included modeling, acting and television presenting, to running a financial advisory business for many years. As result of her growing concern for the ocean environment, she … [Read more...]