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.


  • A rare sighting, storm clouds over Santa Barbara harbor this afternoon. Adventuring with @brinacarey and Callan  #smiliestbabyever #movieweather #santabarbara #weloveboats
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 21, 2014
  • It was an incredible day for flying! @schukt took the controls today for her first time and did great! Here's the view of Point Loma from 500ft :). #cirrusSR22 #flying #sandiego #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 19, 2014
  • On final approach into San Diego tonight. Seems that just when I start feeling like this is home again, it's time to leave! #gypsylife  #sandiego
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 17, 2014
  • I was told my work in DC was not complete until I had a silly selfie in front of one of the monuments. Check! Never a dull moment in marine conservation. #ontheroadagain
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 12, 2014
  • Sometimes there is nothing better than an open road. Loving the desert. #borregosprings #cheesysayings
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 08, 2014
  • Throwback to when #sharks were portrayed in the media as giggling, friendly, talkative cartoons...not blood-thirsty hunters of men. Hanna-Barbera had it right! Bring back #jabberjaw :)
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 07, 2014
  • If your lips aren't blue, you aren't trying hard enough. Post-shark dive stoke with @andy_mann
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 05, 2014
  • Shot a grass rockfish and got my first 3 #abalone today in Mendocino! Water was a balmy 52F and major thanks to the most patient dive buddy/spearo hero alive @kirbymorejohn #spearfishing #freediving #5mmbodycondom #mendocinofreeze
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 30, 2014
  • A quick pit stop at muscle beach never disappoints. @kirbymorejohn making me feel old and weak!
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 20, 2014
  • Time to get back in the water. Bullsharks in Fiji at around 100ft. It was as magical as it looks. : @andy_mann @3stringsproductions #sharks #sharkresearch #fijisharkexpedition #fiji
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 05, 2014