Discover people and organizations who are making waves that inspire us to learn, explore, and act to make positive change.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist, shark researcher, and owner and president of Atlantic Shark
Expeditions. Established in 2023, ASE provides unparalleled opportunities for the public to experience,
discover, and help protect the wonders of sharks through ecotourism and citizen science.
Truly unique to ASE, expeditions provide guests with specialized learning experiences from recognized experts and opportunities to contribute to shark conservation research.
Jon Warrenchuk, Oceana's Senior Scientist and Campaign Manager, has almost two decades of experience
working on complex fisheries management and conservation issues in Alaska. In that time, he has helped
Oceana achieve many major conservation victories for the oceans, most notably the protection of millions
of square miles of ocean habitat.
In May of 2022, Jon led an Oceana expedition to the Gulf of Alaska, circumnavigating Kodiak Island and traveling to offshore reefs in order to document seafloor habitat. In the coming year, they will use what they found to help protect these essential areas for future generations.
Jon believes that by protecting ocean habitat and ensuring enough fish are available to fuel the food web, we can ensure the sustainability of our oceans and healthy fisheries for future generations.
Dr. Shireen Rahimi is an award-winning filmmaker,
marine anthropologist, freediver, National Geographic
Explorer, and the founder of Lightpalace Productions.
With her work, Shireen creates visual stories that
highlight our emotional relationships with the
In 2020, Nautica and our parent company, SPARC Group,
created SPARC IDEAS, an internal task force that is dedicated
to making sure Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Awareness, and
Support are at the forefront of the decisions we make and the
way we operate as an organization.
Meet some of the faces behind SPARC IDEAS who are making
waves and leading the charge to create positive change, both
in our company and our communities.