Author

Jessica Macdonald

Writer

Originally from England, I first learned to dive so that I could go cage diving with great whites off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, in 2008. From that first shark encounter onwards, I have been utterly hooked on the underwater world, and particularly on the issue of shark conservation. Whilst studying for my degree in London, I worked at London Aquarium, before going to Mozambique to research whale sharks off Tofo. I completed my PADI Instructor’s course while living in South Africa, and spent nine months teaching and guiding on Aliwal Shoal, where I set up a tiger shark ID project and began writing for the conservation organisation Shark Angels. After a seven month trip teaching around South East Asia, I'm heading back to Africa to explore the incredible dive sites of Tanzania.

Stories by Jessica
polar climate change
Conservation In the Water

Five Marine Species Threatened by Polar Climate Change

The effects of global warming are visible everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the Arctic and Antarctica. Here are five marine species threatened by polar climate change.

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Amazon Reef
Conservation In the Water

Oil Drilling Threatens Recently Discovered Amazon Reef

In late January, the world saw the first photographs of a stunning new coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon River. Sadly, oil drilling already threatens it.

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Marine Conservation
Conservation In the Water

Marine Conservation in an Urban Environment

Often we associate marine-conservation projects with remote parts of the world. But in reality, some of the most important marine-conservation programs take place in an urban environment.

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Dental Problems and Scuba Diving
Health In the Water

Study Connects Dental Problems and Scuba Diving

Clenching a regulator combined with pressure underwater can mean dental problems and scuba diving go hand in hand.

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New stuff
Cetacean Captivity

Vancouver Votes to Ban Cetacean Captivity at City Aquarium

The Vancouver board of parks and recreation voted in March to ban the importation and display of captive cetaceans at Vancouver Aquarium
by Kathryn Curzon
filmmaker rob stewart

Family of Conservationist and Filmmaker Rob Stewart Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of recently deceased Canadian conservationist and director Rob Stewart has filed a wrongful death lawsuit
by Kathryn Curzon
Coral Nurseries

Cayman’s Coral Nurseries Thriving With Attention and TLC

The Cayman Coral nursery program launched on Earth Day 2016 with high hopes for success. How is it doing now?
by Guest Author
Wyland tank

Original Wyland Tank Up for Auction

Renowned marine artist Wyland is auctioning off an original painted scuba tank, with the proceeds going to charity.
by Shelley Collett