Dr. Austin Gallagher
Dr. Austin GallagherFounder & CEO
Austin is a global conservation biologist and social entrepreneur specializing in the study of large predatory animals. He has been at the forefront of pioneering conservation science and ecology on many species of sharks and other fish species in North and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. His research has been published in leading scientific journals and has informed policies for threatened species at virtually all levels, ranging from local, to national, and international. In 2016 he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, a prestigious collection of young leaders and entrepreneurs who are changing the world. He is also a an award-winning wildlife photographer, filmmaker, and storyteller.
Rose<br />
Board of Directors
Rosemary Mann is a frequent consultant to non-profit, marine and business organizations and has extensive senior management experience in sales, fundraising, government relations, marketing and special events management, with specialization in not-for-profit educational and environmental organizations. She presently serves as the Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Florida working on ocean, fresh water, climate change and land protection issues. Previously, Mann served as the Assistant Dean of Advancement for the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy for 16 years.  She led the advancement team in an ambitious $85 million capital fundraising campaign enabling the school to complete construction of a seawater and technology building and increase its endowment and research initiatives. Her accomplishments encompass the areas of leadership and development training, as well as helping organizations enhance their internal skill sets. She has mentored and trained management, faculty, staff and volunteers in the fundraising process and she has developed and trained Board of Directors for numerous organizations.  A Miami native, Rosemary is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Dr. Chad<br />
Dr. Chad
Board of Directors
Dr. Chad Perlyn is a pediatric plastic surgeon at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Florida International University College of Medicine. In addition to his surgical work, Dr. Perlyn holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Oxford in Molecular Biology. When not in the operating room, Dr. Perlyn can be found on the flats off Biscayne Bay in Miami searching for sharks. An avid, fly­fisherman and diver, Dr. Perlyn began tagging sharks in his early teen years and has maintained his passion for learning and protecting not only sharks but many of the fish and other creatures that make their home in the shallow waters off Miami. Dr. Perlyn’s is delighted to bring his expertise, not only in molecular biology, but also in departmental administration and communication of scientific ideas to the BTW board.
Dr. Erica Staaterman
Dr. Erica StaatermanBoard of Directors
Erica is a marine scientist who explores auditory scenes in the ocean: the clicks, chirps, and growls of a world that was once thought to be silent.  In 2015, she received her PhD from the University of Miami, focusing on acoustic qualities of coral reefs. Currently, Erica is a post-doctoral fellow with Smithsonian Institution, where she studies links between bioacoustics and biodiversity, as well as the potential impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine animals. Erica is a naturalist at heart, and has been lucky enough to travel to many parts of the blue planet, always with a camera or hydrophone in hand. She is passionate about combining science and film, and has made several films, including “Sonic Reef,” which won third prize in the National Science Foundation’s “Creating the Future” video contest.
Malik<br />
Board of Directors
A global connector and magnetic entrepreneur in the music and events industry, Malik co-founded the company Gold Credentials, which focuses on connecting brands with artists for fan engagement. He has connected thousands in the music and event industry, including working with Summit Series for their event Summit Outside on Powder Mountain, Southwest Four in London for Lock & Load events, and most recently was one of the producers for DEORRO’s show at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Malik will work with Beneath the Waves to expose artists and fans to ocean conservation through unique immersive experiences that bridge both worlds and rally increased support.
Graham<br />Nelson
Board of Directors


Dr. Simon<br />
Dr. Simon

Simon is a marine scientist with a primary interest in the biodiversity of the world’s oceans. He received his Ph.D. from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia in 2016, and he currently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution. In search of the forces that sustain life in our oceans, he is investigating marine ecosystems from the shallow lagoons of the Australian Great Barrier Reef to the icy waters of the Northern Atlantic. Simon has authored numerous scientific articles in leading international journals, ranging from the development of new analytical techniques to the discovery of human-like, cooperative behavior in pairs of coral reef fishes. He serves the scientific community as an editor and referee, while maintaining an avid interest in bridging the gap between science and the public. He has won prizes for short, animated videos and was invited as a public speaker by the Ecological Society of America.

Dr. Steven<br />
Dr. Steven

Steven is a Canada Research Chair and Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Since a child he has been fascinated by the underwater world and now devotes his time and energy to studying wild fish. Steven is particularly well known for his work on the spatial ecology of fish (often assessed with telemetry), fisheries interactions (including recreational fisheries) and development of the discipline of “conservation physiology”. He has published some 500+ papers and received numerous awards (including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award from the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles) but is most proud of his record in training the next generation of aquatic scientists and in sharing his passion for the watery world with the public.

Dr. Neil<br />
Dr. Neil

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. He also serves as Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami. His current research centers broadly on the behavioral ecology, conservation biology and movement ecology of marine predators, primarily focused on sharks. Neil’s current research projects include investigating predators-prey interactions between sharks and their prey, identifying shark critical habitats, examining the effects of urbanization on shark movement and health, evaluating effects of ecotourism and fishing capture stress on shark behavior and physiology, examining the ecosystem impacts of overfishing and also evaluating how sharks may respond to climate change stressors.

Dr. Nigel<br />
Dr. Nigel

Nigel is a leading expert on the application of chemical tracers such as stable isotopes and telemetry in the study of marine ecosystems. Nigel completed a Ph.D. at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, UK. He now has extensive experience working with marine predators, specifically sharks, skates and rays and has worked on a diversity of species in environments ranging from the ice lands of the high Arctic to the desert of the Sudanese Red Sea, Australia, The Bahamas, Mozambique, Kenya, Southern Africa, the Chagos Islands and most recently Ascension Island in the central Atlantic Ocean. Over the last 6 years he has published over 50 peer reviewed scientific papers including those in Nature, Ecology Letters and Science, with these having direct implications for fisheries management and policy. Nigel is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada and leads the Arctic program for the Global Ocean Tracking Network and the Red Sea Elasmobranch Conservation Program for the Cousteau Society. His research examines issues at the individual, community and ecosystem level and aims to provide data for effective global conservation and management strategies.

Dr. David<br />
Dr. David

Based in London, David is a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Zoology in the UK. Obsessed by the oceans from a very young age, he is now a specialist in shark behaviour, animal tracking, animal social networks and how the behaviour of marine organisms can be used to inform the management and conservation of marine biodiversity. David is a leading investigator on collaborative projects in Japan to conserve aggregations of scalloped hammerhead sharks and the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT/Chagos), assessing the impact of illegal fishing activity on predator population dynamics using acoustic telemetry. He has a passion for art, music, literature and travel and the interface between these and science.

Dr. Yannis<br />
Dr. Yannis

Yannis is an assistant professor at Florida International University where he studies the behavioral and physiological ecology of sharks and other predators. He also uses technical diving methods to explore and study deep coral reefs. He has lead and participated in research expeditions all over the world including Japan, Line Islands, North Western Hawaiians Islands, Mexico, Bahamas and Alaska. His current research interests include using biologging to understand ecological interactions and social dynamics of marine predators and their roles in marine ecosystems.


Sami<br />
Director of Digital Media

Born to a Syrian-Lebanese father and Irish-American mother and raised in Saudi Arabia, Sami was brought up to perceive the world without boundaries. On the small, tropical island of Utila, Honduras he found inspiration to use film to share the beauty of the natural world after swimming with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark. He has since dedicated his time to honing his craft as a filmmaker and using this ability to raise awareness about important environmental and social issues to motivate the world to collectively work towards sustainable solutions to the problems of our time.

Dana<br />Tricarico
Research Associate

Whether scuba diving in the peaceful underwater world or swimming on the swim team at her alma mater, Siena College, Dana has been described as a ‘fish’ by nearly all who know her. She recently received her Master of Professional Science Degree at the University of Miami in Marine Ecosystems and Society, and hopes to work in conservation management with the goal of promoting ecotourism, encouraging sustainability and fostering an appreciation for the outdoors. Dana plans to use film along with other forms of outreach to increase community awareness regarding threats to our marine environment in an effort to motivate people to channel their own inner ‘fish’.

Evan<br />Byrnes
Graduate Research Assistant
Despite growing up in the landlocked state of Pennsylvania, Evan has always had a keen interest in the ocean and its fishy inhabitants. He is passionate about changing misconceptions of fishes, particularly sharks, and recently received his Master of Science degree from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, focusing on individual personality and cognitive differences in Port Jackson sharks. In the future, Evan plans to pursue a PhD in elasmobranch behavior and conservation, but currently resides in Rhode Island researching various aspects of shark behavior including fine scale habitat use and social dynamics. In his free time, Evan likes to climb, surf, hike, and freedive and is enthusiastic about inspiring others to explore and appreciate nature firsthand through outdoor sports. Evan is excited about the opportunity to work with the Beneath The Waves team to improve marine research, outreach and communication and spread ocean awareness.
Diego<br />Camejo
Media Producer

Diego is an artist and media specialist based in Miami, FL. He is a photographer, filmmaker, music producer, social media influencer, and ‘aerial-shot wizard’. He is the Co-Founder and creative director of Artec Media, a digital media production company and lifestyle brand. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Film & TV production. He comes from a family of sailors which sparked in him a passion for the ocean. By showcasing the beauty of our planet in his work, and working with organizations like Beneath the Waves, he hopes to ignite in others, the same appreciation of our natural world.

Cindy<br />Gonzalez
Graduate Research Assistant
Cindy González is a Marine Ecologist and a second year Master’s Student at La Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. Her current research focuses on the understanding of the population genetics and the identification of potential nursery areas of hammerhead sharks in the Caribbean Sea. Over the last six years, she has completed research projects on the health and monitoring of coral reefs, fisheries, anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems, marine geology, and molecular marine ecology of sharks. In addition to the conservation focus of her work, she also includes a social approach, actively pursuing environmental education opportunities while developing projects. Through these outlets, she discovers local knowledge that can provide an important historical and cultural understanding of the uses of the marine and land resources she studies.
Lindsay<br />Phenix
Graduate Research Assistant
A Boston native, Lindsay’s love of the ocean began with summers spent on the beaches of Cape Cod. Growing up playing in tide pools and salt marshes, she was hooked from the start. While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Saint Michaels College, in landlocked Vermont, she took the opportunity to study abroad in Turks and Caicos. It was there that she had her first hands-on experience with juvenile lemon sharks. After graduating with a B.S. in biology, Lindsay returned to Boston and worked for several years as a senior educator at local nonprofit Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, at the New England Aquarium as an assistant aquarist, and returned to Turks and Caicos to assist in two shark research expeditions. Lindsay is currently completing her Masters in Marine Biology with Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program. She is interested in the spacial ecology of sharks in relation to climate change and anthropogenic effects, and the effects large predators have on their ecosystems. She enjoys scuba diving, hiking, playing volleyball, and is excited to be joining the Beneath the Waves team! Lindsay is ready to take a bite out of Miami, and to be involved in some great research and outreach!
Enrique<br />Quintero
Marine Technician

A World Champion Snipe sailor and sailing coach, Enrique has a profound love for the ocean.  Born and raised in Miami, his connection with the ocean began at the age of seven when he first started sailing. He is now the Waterfront Manager and Developer for Prime Marina Group based in Coconut Grove. In addition to his connection to the water, his musicianship and passion for music drives him to bring people from all walks of life together. Partnering with Beneath the Waves, Enrique aspires to connect and educate the sailing community with a stronger understanding of ocean conservation.

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