Jillian is a Marine Biologist fighting to protect sharks by spreading knowledge about them to the younger generation. So far, she has reached over 155,000 students with the goal of helping the next generation become shark and ocean advocates.
Jillian can get more equipment needed to engage kids in schools.
Coastal development, fishing pressure, and ocean pollution threaten Critically Endangered sharks and their habitats in the Bahamas. Sharks are unfortunately cursed with a bad reputation. To protect them, people need to care about them.
Jillian is a marine biologist, shark conservationist, and educator. She is also the founder and president of Sharks4Kids.
Jillian works against the pop-culture image of sharks as monsters and educates kids with real shark facts, so they don't fear them.
She provides curriculum, games, and school activities that allow teachers to integrate shark education into their science programs.
Jillian gives people and kids positive experiences with sharks, both IRL and virtually.
She does education tours, field trips, shark tagging, expeditions, and outreach events.
Her work sets a global standard for how conservation, policy, education, and science can all come together to protect sharks.
Jillian is an accomplished underwater cinematographer and photographer and her work has been featured in media like National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, and more.
Has made teachers and school principals in the area excited about Sharks4Kids and the activities.
Students have created blogs, videos, etc. about sharks after visiting the shark sanctuary.
Author of the children’s book “Norman the Nurse Shark”.
Has reached over 155,000 students in 63 countries (as of December 31, 2020).
Jillian is on a mission to create a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of educational materials.