James Anderson

Oceans Research Internship

James M.Sc. research focus was aimed towards investigating the mechanisms of putative magnetic field discrimination by sharks. Following the completion of this, James joined the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and currently holds the position as a research assistant.

Oliver Jewell

Oceans Research

I first travelled to South Africa in 2007, volunteering with Marine Dynamics in Gansbaai and working with white sharks and tourists.  In 2008, I was among the first ever cohort of Oceans Research (then known as SAMPLA) interns, returning in 2009 as the original field specialist.  South Africa became my home, and I ended up moving back to Gansbaai where I would live for the next four years, earning my Masters in Zoology along the way.  The skills and connections gained during my time in Mossel Bay were crucial to my development as a marine scientist and young adult.  Skippering boats, animal tracking and working with white sharks are now part of my daily life and I’ve traveled the world working with these amazing animals.  I’m still friends with many of my cohorts and the interns I managed and have just completed my first field season in California working with some of the biggest white sharks I’ve ever seen.  My PhD is conducted from Murdoch University, Perth in Western Australia and my research compares the fine-scale movements of several populations of white shark on a global scale. You can keep up with my movements on twitter @JewellResearch and my research on Research Gate.

Antonin Blaison

Oceans Research Internship

Antonin was Oceans Research’s first intern. As a doctoral candidate at Reunion Island University, Antonin is currently conducting one of the world’s biggest tagging programs on bull and tiger sharks. They have tagged more than 80 sharks, and deployed more than 50 VR2W receivers along the west coast of the Island. The aim of the study is to study behavioural ecology of tiger and bull sharks there following an increase in the number of shark attacks. He is also working for the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le développement).

Cassie Heil

Oceans Research Internship

Cassie Heil arrived at Oceans Research to enhance her knowledge and abilities as a wildlife media specialist. With the increased knowledge on shark research and Conservation, Cassie utilised her media skills to spearhead many of Oceans Research’s media campaigns, including the Leon Bekker shark fishing story. Combining her wildlife and media knowledge led to her co-founding Africa Media, a partner of African Campus, a wildlife and adventure content creation media company.

Dr. Fabrice Jane

Oceans Research Internship

Dr. Fabrice Jaine is a marine ecologist, nature photographer and science communicator.  After his time as an Oceans Research intern he moved to Australia for his PhD research on ‘Project Manta’, which resulted in the first detailed examination of the movement, dispersal capabilities, diving behaviour and habitat use patterns of reef manta rays.  Upon the successful completion of his PhD in 2013, Fabrice joined the Marine Megafauna Foundation as a Senior Scientist, where he continues to pursue his research on manta rays.  An avid and established photographer, his work has recently been featured in Australian GeographicSport Diving Magazine and Beyond Blue Magazine. Fabrice also received the Merit of Excellence Award at the 2013 Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Competition.

Riley Elliot

Oceans Research Internship

Riley Elliott is currently a doctoral candidate at the prestigious University of Auckland, New Zealand. Here he is conducting the world’s largest ever blue shark satellite tagging program, with 22 sharks tagged to date. In addition, he is spear heading the campaign to have shark-finning outlawed in New Zealand through lobbying parliament and exposing New Zealand’s antiquated shark fishing laws in the media. His work was recently recognised by Discovery Channel, and he was recruited to host Shark weeks – top 10 sharkdown.

Heidi Etter

Oceans Research Internship

After working in South Africa with Oceans Research, Heidi received her MSc in Biology from Old Dominion University. She returned to Oceans Research’s Namibian Dolphin Project as intern manager and community outreach director. Recently she completed her training as a Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitor Technician. She is now a project scientist/marine biologist with marine environmental consulting company CSA Ocean Sciences Inc, where the main projects she has worked on are marine mammal observing onboard a seismic vessel, acoustic tracking of sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico, and Environmental Impact Assessments in the Mediterranean.

Lucille Chapuis

Oceans Research

I have always been fascinated with marine life, the underwater and Jacques Cousteau. Being from a landlocked country, I quickly developed the craving to travel and explore higher seas. I was able to travel and gain some invaluable experience in volunteering and working for numerous programmes overseas, notably by doing an internship in Mossel Bay with Oceans Research. After completing my Master thesis on the on the behaviour of cleaner shrimps in the Red Sea, I decided to travel to Australia to do my PhD. I was lucky enough to work on the sensory systems of sharks, which led me to collaborate again with OR in Mossel Bay and its beautiful great white sharks.

During my PhD I explored the auditory sense of elasmobranchs. It has been a challenge, as it is a very poorly known system and sharks are not the easiest group of animals to work with. I learned patience and determination! I have just freshly graduated and am keen to continue with my research, which I find every day more fascinating.

Christina Barringer

Oceans Research Internship

Christina Barringer earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology at Florida International University in Miami and after completing the internship, she earned a graduate certificate in Coastal Studies at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. During her Oceans Research internship she completed an underwater photography course which helped fuel her passion. Christina has continued to let that passion take her around the world. She has done research in Mexico, Australia, and Belize.  She has been SCUBA diving since 2007 and holds a PADI Divemaster certification. She has focused on diving with “big animals” such as crocodiles, sharks, and orcas. Christina has become a public speaker on the topic of animal behavior and strategies of approach while diving with and photographing these fascinating animals. In addition, she has become a USEA ambassador for the Orcas in Norway. Several of Christina’s photos have been published, featured in art galleries, and sold in a boutique on Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. She has also been interviewed on SCUBA Radio. While traveling and diving she puts her heart and soul into capturing the beauty of the ocean and she is passionate about sharing these images and the stories behind them to promote conservation.