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Kristin Paterakis

Kristin’s passion for the ocean commenced at a young age growing up frequenting the National Aquarium, Ocean City and the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. She overcame her fear of scuba diving as a student at the Island School in Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas, later inspiring her to become a scuba instructor to help others who have similar anxieties be able to conquer their own fears (above and below the surface). Kristin is a graduate of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and has a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Colorado Denver. She conducted her masters thesis in Baja California Sur, Mexico, exploring the use of visual ethnography to study the complexity of and between sharks and shark fishers.

In her spare time, Kristin loves continuing her technical dive training, teaching scuba, gardening, and playing with her adorable pups.

Kristin Paterakis