Shark TEAm Leaders

Jillian Morris

Founder and President

Born and raised in Maine, Jillian’s love for the ocean started at an early age and has continued to play an integral role in her adult life. She has spent thousands of hours in the field working and diving with sharks across the globe. She is a marine biologist, shark conservationist, scuba instructor, explorer and educator. She has filmed for numerous television shows and networks, has appeared on Shark Week, is a PADI Ambassadiver, was named Scuba Diving Magazine's July 2016 Sea Hero and was awarded the inaugural Shark Con Shark Hero Award in 2017.  She is the author Norman the Nurse Shark and a member of the prestigious Ocean Artists Society.

 

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Dr Derek Burkholder

VP and Science Director

Derek grew up in Michigan spending a lot of his childhood exploring the woods and spending time on the water (though slightly less salty water than he deals with now). His love for the outdoors and the water started early and on a family vacation to Florida when he was 8. Derek completed his PhD work at Florida International University and is currently a research scientist for the Guy Harvey Research Institute  at Nova Southeastern University. He is also the PI of the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. 

Duncan Brake

Media Director

Duncan studied marina biology at University of Stirling before heading to South Georgia and Antarctica to work as an observer and junior scientist. A volunteer stint at the Bimini Sharklab ignited his passion for underwater filming. After he returned to be their media manager, Duncan pursued a full time career as a videographer. Duncan is an Emmy nominated cinematographer who has shot for BBC, Shark Week, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic and numerous other channels. Duncan's WEBSITE. 

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Dony Zaidi

CFO & Media Team Member

Dony Zaidi has had an illustrious career in business and development, but has recently pursued more environmentally focused endeavors. His passion for the ocean and photography, has allowed him to generate numerous PSAs about important ocean conservation issues. Dony did his first shark dive at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas and was immediately hooked. He has since been active in shark conservation including speaking at a city council meeting regarding a ban on shark fins on the city of Toronto. In October 2011, Toronto officially banned fins, becoming one of the largest cities in the world to do so. Dony has proved that you do not need to live near the ocean to make a difference.

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