Ryan M. Kempster (www.ryankempster.com)
Shark Biologist and Founder of Support Our Sharks
Ryan is a sensory biologist specialising in the function of the electrosensory system of sharks and rays, with the ultimate goal of refining and improving electrical repellent devices to keep us safe in the water. Sharks have always been Ryan’s passion and protecting them his goal. To do this Ryan has embarked on a career in research to better understand sharks and communicate his finding with the general public in the hope that he can inspire others to follow in his passion for protecting these amazing animals.
Support Our Sharks is an educational website that Ryan set up to inform the world about the plight of our sharks. As most sharks serve as top predators at the pinnacle of the marine food pyramid they regulate the natural balance of these ecosystems. The effects of removing sharks from the ocean ecosystems, although complex and rather unpredictable, are likely to be ecologically and economically damaging.
Channing A. Egeberg (www.channingalexandra.com)
Marine Education Director and Co-founder of Support Our Sharks
Channing is a marine biologist from California with a specific interest in sharks and Cephalopods (cuttlefish, octopus, etc.), but her experience and interests don’t stop there. Channing has worked all over the world supporting our marine life, from protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica and Australia to rehabilitating Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) in California. She enjoys working with children to ensure that they understand the importance of the world’s oceans and appreciate its inhabitants. Channing is passionate about conserving our marine environment to ensure the survival of our oceans and the health of our planet.
Support Our Sharks has been most effective through the use of social media, specifically Facebook. This has only been possible thanks to the many people who have contributed their time and incredible passion for supporting our work to protect sharks. These people truly are the unsung heroes of shark conservation and everyday continue to fight for sharks in all corners of the globe. Thank you to all the Facebook admin that have, and still to this day, contributed their time, for free, to Support Our Sharks.