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 war canoe greeting today in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands. #solomonislands #canoe #travel #islands
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 15, 2015
  • My home for the next week, the National Geographic Orion. We are in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea and I have already seen #sharks #turtles #eaglerays and more #fish than I can identify. A naturalist's dream. #leavemehere #travel #LetsExplore #papuanewguinea #lovelovelovemylife
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 11, 2015
  • Sure, tagging sharks is cool. But what's better is that I get to spend entire days on the water, laughing and learning with new people. Dr. Malcolm Francis, renowned Kiwi shark #scientist, cracks us up during a 1-hour long soak interval (when hooks are baited and in the water, #fishing for #sharks.) We only caught one shark today, but still a good one. #lovemylife #sharkresearch #sharktagging #boats #research #conservation #travel #LetsExplore #kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 06, 2015
  • This female blacktip reef #shark was patient and docile while we worked on her. Here she is with my hands on her dorsal fin, just prior to being released. #carcharhinusmelanopterus #sharks #sharkresearch #sharktagging #australia #happyplace : #kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 04, 2015
  • We tagged our first #shark of the trip, a female blacktip reef shark. Following this dorsal tag, she was fitted with an acoustic transmitter, which will ping acoustic receivers around the island to help us see where she is going.  On Orpheus Island, #australia this week having all sorts of fun! #sharkresearch #sharks #carcharhinusmelanopterus @natgeo
    Jess Cramp >>> Oct 02, 2015
  • No #lunareclipse in #australia tonight, but we do have giant fruit bats, with three foot wingspans, in our mango tree! #flyingfox #fullmoon #supermoon #cutenotcreepy : #kirbymorejohn
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 28, 2015
  • Yesterday was SO fun. With Kirby in town (❤️), we checked out some of this great continent's #wildlife at the Billabong Sanctuary and...I got friendly with a few "wild" #kangaroos ! #australia #nature #travel #dontpetthehumans
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 27, 2015
  • You are a student in #Australia when...#wallabies hop around campus! I just stare at them like a little kid and secretly hope they start hopping toward me.
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 25, 2015
  • Did you know that of the 1,088 species of #sharks and #rays, 1/4 of them are threatened with extinction? And that 68 species are critically endangered or endangered by IUCN definitions, meaning that some of these could go extinct in my lifetime because of overfishing? How sad is that? We don't even have enough data on 407 of the 1,088 known species to say whether they are ok or at risk of extinction! There is so much we don't know, but what we do know is enough to keep me inspired to fight for better management of our #fisheries. @natgeo #neverstopexploring #sharkresearch #chondrichthyes #iucnredlist
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 21, 2015
  • Say hello to my month. Definitely not one of those perfectly stacked gear photos, but this is my reality, starting right meow. Four weeks, four countries and vastly different gear/attire needs = a headache to pack.  On campus grad school fun, then ten days of chopping up #fish and tagging #sharks in northeast #australia (wooooot!), followed by a week-long TED expedition to help drive discussions on shark #conservation and #marineconservation. The boat trip will run from #papuanewguinea to #solomonislands and I'll be #diving by day and in fancy pants clothes each night. Hopefully, I won't still smell like fish guts. Of course, there is always room for the #ukulele  #packlight #iwish #travel #gypsylife #hastaluego
    Jess Cramp >>> Sep 17, 2015