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 advocate, scuba instructor, explorer, educator, unabashedly obsessed with sharks and a lover of all things water. As the executive director of Oceanicallstars conservation media group, she combines her love of these animals with a passion for photo, video and writing. As a videographer she has worked with National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, Animal Planet, PBS, ESPN, ITV, E!, ABC and numerous other international networks.
When she is not traveling to film, Jillian spends time in classrooms around the world talking to kids about sharks. She created SHARKS4KIDS because shark education and awareness should not be limited to experts or even people who live near the ocean. We all need the ocean and our oceans need sharks. She wanted to create materials, curriculum, videos and images that anyone can use to spread a positive message about sharks and why they desperately need and deserve our help. “Kids offer hope for the future of our planet and it is critical that they have the knowledge to save these amazing creatures. They have a voice, they will be heard and they will save sharks. “