Oceans in Focus is Collaborating with other like-minded organizations and individuals
to impact positive global change for our environment
OMI is a global media collective that serves to create, educate, and advocate for the protection of our ocean. Using film, art and education to promote public understanding of ocean science and conservation.
Gianna Savoie Founder and Executive Director
Gianna is an award-winning documentary producer, writer, and professor with nearly two decades of experience in Natural History filmmaking and a penchant for powerful storytelling that has led her to sink her teeth into some of the most critical conservation issues on the planet. Trained as an environmental biologist, she pairs her love of science with the art of filmmaking to craft stories that not only inform, but deeply resonate. Her Emmy-nominated work has been featured on PBS, NATURE, National Geographic, Discovery, NHNZ, and the BBC, as well as in theatrical documentaries and in print and web publications. Dubbed The Mountain Mermaid, Gianna founded the Ocean Media Institute, a non-profit global media collective that serves to enrich and expand the public’s engagement in ocean science and conservation through the collaborative creation, exhibition, and distribution of innovative visual media and artistic approaches to ocean education.
Jeff Reed Filmmaker and Chief Operations Officer
Jeff is the co-founder and co-director of the Ocean Media Institute, and an award-winning producer and cinematographer whose passion for nature, art, and technology drives him to take on projects that nudge the curiosity of his audience toward science and the environment. He has worked in the South Pacific, Africa, Mexico, and throughout the United States on various media projects for PBS, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as many other independents and non-profits. Jeff also works to design and build interactive tech to help teach about our world. Taking full advantage of novel modes of communication, Jeff not only reaches broad audiences through his projects, but actively engages them.
To learn more about OMI please visit http://www.oceanmediainstitute.org
Deep Focus Images is focused on raising awareness and inspiring others to support wildlife and ocean conservation efforts through compelling image and text based composition.
Joanna’s has contributed images and published articles for various print and online publications including: Sport Diver, Ocean Geographic, Dive Photo Guide, ScubaDiver AustralAsia, Dive Advisor, and ScubaDiver Ocean Planet. She has been awarded in several international photography competitions and was recently one of a few women awarded in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition.
Having lived in 4 countries across 3 continents, she has now visited 50+ countries, is a certified PADI Master Scuba Diver and Aquanaut,
and is a member of the Ocean Artists Society. She holds a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Rider University, and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. To learn more about Deep Focus Images please visit: http://www.deepfocusimages.com
Captain Breezy Grenier
FRGS is educated as a multidisciplinary ocean scientist, and mariner and educator by trade, she is a modern day explorer with the oceans being her home, her workplace, and her playground. Coining the title Ocean M.E.S.E Mariner, Educator, Scientist, Explorer, her passion is deep-sea and polar exploration. Breezy takes job contracts and joins expeditions around the world, bringing her everywhere from the North Pole, down to Antarctica. Born and raised from Southern New England, she currently splits her time between Connecticut and Rhode Island. She has been to all 50 States, 6 out of 7 continents, and 4 out of 5 oceans. She is a member of the Sedna Epic Expedition and will be joining the crew of eXXpedition Round the World later this year.
Breezy graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BSc in Geology and Geological Oceanography, with minors in Marine Biology and Underwater Archaeology. She is a US Coast Guard Veteran, a Member of the Explorers Club and Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society.
An instructor/educator for over 16 years, she is a certified AASI snowboarding, NAUI scuba diving, and NBSC boating instructor, and in her down time she gives polar and ocean science, and exploration lectures and workshops to schools and social groups. Breezy is the Founding Director of Scientists are Superheroes too and Eco-Elders. Scientists are Superheroes too is a student resource, to help change the scientist stereotype, and focuses on getting children to go outside, explore, and play sports, engaging and empowering youth to climate actions, and promote healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Eco-Elders is geared towards life-long learners, creating a knowledge exchange between generations, to promote eco-friendly habits with emphasis on reducing and reusing. Breezy is actively engaged in inspiring the next generation, both young and old, to combat the ocean plastics problem and show how everyone can become superheroes for our planet. To learn more about Breezy Grenier please visit: http://www.BreezySeas.com
Lionfish University and Dr. Steve Gittings of NOAA.
Founders Stacy Frank and Jim Hart have been working endlessly to generate awareness and education about the invasive crisis our oceans and reefs are facing providing new solutions to combat this horrendous problem. Dr. Steve Gittings is the science coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary Program (NOAA.)
Dr. Gittings is developing revolutionary ways to combat this invasion, inventing traps which only attract the lionfish, therefore avoiding catching other marine life species. His traps are made from simple items found in your local hardware store; PVC tubing, buckets, curtains which can be lowered and raised into the ocean. He is developing a newly designed lionfish trap, to be deployed this spring in Pensacola Florida.
Why are lion fish a problem?
Lionfish are destroying our reefs and local fish and marine life in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and in the Gulf of Mexico, however they are not a problem in their native ranges of the Indian Ocean, Southern and Western Pacific Ocean and in the Red Sea. The jury is still out on how bad the problem with non-native lion fish in the Mediterranean is going to get, as this is a relatively new invasion that is just beginning to arise. One sure fact is that the lion fish is one of the worst man-made ecological disasters ever seen and is still an active invasion waiting to play itself out.
To learn more about this urgent problem please visit Lion Fish University
To learn more about Dr. Steve Gittings and his remarkable solutions please visit NOAA