Marine Biologist, Report Writer, Shark Savers
Growing up between a horse farm in Maryland and a beach house in Florida, her love of the ocean emerged as a main focus when she earned dual degrees in Marine Biology and Ecology from Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. She recently returned from living in South Africa for 4 years and earning a Master’s degree in Zoology from the Marine Biology Research Institute at the University of Cape Town. She was invited to present her thesis work at the South African Marine Science Symposium and co-authored a paper presented in Kobe, Japan. Hannah’s time in South Africa was spent tagging and manually tracking white sharks for governmental and PhD projects, serving as an onboard scientist for a commercial cage diving company, promoting education and conservation among the clients and crew, catching shy sharks for research, and cruising with the cow sharks off the Cape peninsula and the whale sharks of Mozambique. Being immersed in such a ‘sharky’ community solidified her commitment to research and their conservation.
Since returning to the United States, Hannah has been involved with Shark Savers, giving presentations on shark biology and conservation, contributing educational web content, and developing outreach materials aimed at increasing public awareness of the issues facing sharks. Hannah is a PADI Rescue diver and loves being in the water, face to ampullae, with the sharks she works to understand and protect.