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Holly Lohuis is a marine biologist and educator and through her twenty-nine year career she has worked for a variety of organizations including: Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s Ocean Connections and Marine Science, Island Packers- Naturalist at the Channel Islands National Park, and The Ritz-Carlton Bacara’s Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program.  


Holly has been diving the world’s oceans with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team since 1996 and has appeared in many of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s documentaries, including co-star of an IMAX film, Secret Ocean 3D, launched in 2015.  She is also featured as a diver and on camera biologist in the eleven hours of the PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures.


As a member of Cousteau’s expedition team, Holly acted as a liaison between the film team and scientists and was responsible for confirming the factual accuracy of Ocean Futures Society’s documentaries and publications.  She worked full-time with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s marine conservation organization Ocean Futures Society from 2002 to 2018.


With a degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara and experience in the ocean realm around the world, she is an eloquent and popular speaker on the beauty and crises facing our water planet.  Holly is also a PADI Dive Master and Open Water SCUBA Instructor.


Holly has also been a marine educator for over 25 years. For nearly a decade she worked as diver/naturalist with Island Packers, the Channel Islands National Park boat concessionaire and was the education coordinator for their floating classroom programs. She then moved on to a more global arena, working with Passage Productions-Live Dive organization on cruise ships in the Caribbean, Pacific and Mediterranean. She was the on-site marine biologist at the eco-resort, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, for eighteen months where she shared her wealth of knowledge and passion about the importance of protecting our water planet for future generations with guests and the local villagers.

She has taught thousands of children and adults about the wonders and fragility of the marine environment and the importance of protecting our water planet for future generations.


For her educational outreach efforts, Holly was honored in 2009 with the Hall of Fame award from the San Juan School district in her hometown Sacramento, California.


“With the desire to raise awareness, inspire action and motivate change I love sharing important ecological facts on why ocean health is critical for the sustainability of our water planet.”

Holly Lohuis


Terry is Reef Guardians in-residence Advisor and Marine Biologist.

He heads up Reef Guardians' reef monitoring activities. He knows the reefs like the back of his hand and performs regular reef surveys reporting on the health of the reefs on Kauai. He contributes to our Coral Reef Kids Camps with his educational reef talks utilizing both multimedia along with “hands on “experience as the campers head into the water on an immersive adventure where they experience the many aspects of life on the reef. Terry is a respected author and has garnered an extensive library of all marine related species in the Hawaiian chain. 

Educational films:       Ka Honu (Sea Turtles)   Reefs in Peril          Terry's Website

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Carlos is a professional photographer based in Ventura County, California. His goal is to capture nature through his cameras for use in conservation awareness, wildlife preservation, and education. A professional still photographer since 2003, he crafted his skill into aerial photography in 2014 using the latest tools in drone technology. He’s spent the last few years compiling images of marine life off the California coast to bring awareness to the public about the variety of species Californians share their beaches with. Carlos believes, “that if just one of my images can make someone think twice about tossing even just one cigarette filter on the beach, I’ve done my job.”  

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