Hannah Medd, a marine biologist, outreach specialist, dive industry professional and overall ocean advocate. She grew up on the beaches of south Florida and earned dual degrees in Marine Biology and Ecology at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. After watching the great white sharks of South Africa leap into the air in a documentary, she decided to see it for herself and while living in South Africa, she earned her Masters degree in Marine Biodiversity from the University of Cape Town. Hannah worked with the cage diving industry to set up data collections protocols as well as other research on small coastal sharks. For five years after returning to Florida, Hannah managed the Outreach Program for a global shark conservation organization, aiding in the establishment of shark sanctuaries, contributed to the success of proposals for the conservation of mantas and sharks both locally and internationally, authored a certification course on shark conservation for a SCUBA certification agency, co-authored peer-reviewed scientific papers, and consulted shark safety teams for marathon swimmers.
Hannah founded the American Shark Conservancy (ASC), a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays, increasing awareness and understanding of our oceans. Hannah manages ASC’s keystone project using non-invasive techniques to monitor Florida’s large coastal shark populations. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and findings through ASC’s education initiatives, believing that we will protect what we understand. When she isn’t working on shark conservation, she enjoys pretending to be a photographer and occasionally gets to go to her family horse farm in Maryland!