Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist


Jess Cramp is a scientist, surfer, diver, pilot, writer, and conservationist whose philanthropic adventures have taken her from a field hospital in post-earthquake Haiti to a remote atoll in the South
Pacific, where she lived for 3 years, spearheading the effort for the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary, which was established in December 2012. Currently without a permanent address, Jess is in a different country every month, and in the water as much as possible. She splits her time between assisting the Cook Islands government in establishing a large-scale marine park, and helping her own burgeoning organization, Sharks Pacific, to become a key player in shark research and conservation. A contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, Escape Magazine, and National Geographic’s Adventure blog, Jess is a consummate optimist, whose positive energy is contagious, along with her willingness to spend however long it takes to see the projects she’s working on through to produce tangible results. “For me,” Jess says, “traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved.” She is driven to take risks in life, not just in sports.


  • Tranquil, exotic, remote and shark infested.
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 25, 2015
  • It's hot.
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 22, 2015
  • "I'm hooked and I can't stop staring!"  #hooked #sharkjokes #sharks #tbt #bahamas PC: @wstrathmann
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 19, 2015
  • After more than a decade of threatening to go back to school, I finally committed. I am officially a PhD student at James Cook University in Australia. I'll study the effectiveness of large scale marine reserves guessed it, SHARKS! #gulp #backtoschool #bringonthatgreyhair #sharks #conservation #stoked
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 16, 2015
  • Well, Australia, this little "marine stinger" alert is certainly going to put a damper on my bottom time. #boxjelliesarenojoke
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 14, 2015
  • Planes, trains and automobiles. I'm off to explore the other side of the Pacific for the next five weeks.  See you down under. #peaceoutsandiego
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 11, 2015
  • South Pacific blue. Can't get enough. #freediving #zerofilter #southpacific #getwetoften PC: @kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Mar 04, 2015
  • Building my very first ukulele this week - a traditional Cook Islands coconut uke! I was terrified measuring the frets because any mistake could distort the sound (as if my playing isn't bad enough). Loving this process and the now there are no more excuses, must play often. Photo: @kirbymorejohn #ukulele #cookislands #coconuts #southpacific #makestuff
    Jess Cramp >>> Feb 25, 2015
  • Hashtag bluefin trevally fun. Hashtag love my life. Hashtag Cook Islands. @kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Feb 22, 2015
  • The key to staying warm, even in the coldest water, is to start from the inside. You are my favorite adventure @kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Feb 15, 2015