Jamie Zaccaria

Jamie Zaccaria

Communications Lead
Digital Media Specialist
Ocean Exploration Trust

Tell us about your work/ research. What kinds of things do you do? 

I believe in merging science, policy, and communications to make real changes in protecting our planet and expanding the reach of science.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I have always had a passion for marine science, especially biology, and the importance of spreading knowledge and appreciation of our planet's oceans.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My mother inspired me to love the ocean and encouraged me to follow my dreams.

What element of your work/ study do you think is the most fascinating?

The ingenuity of science and how new methods are constantly evolving.

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program?  

I applied for an open job and was happy to be hired!

What other jobs led you to your current career? 

Communications and Digital Content Manager with Panthera

Communications and Legislative Coordinator with New Jersey Sierra Club

What are your degrees and certifications?

 Masters of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy from SUNY Albany with a thesis titled "Conservation Solutions to Shark Finning: Insights from Past Efforts"

Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Conservation from University of Delaware

What are your hobbies?

Writing, reading, rescuing animals, horror films, vegan cooking  

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Don't be afraid to look for paths that are similar even if they're not exactly what you thought you'd be doing. 

Selected Publications


Soule, A., Kennedy, B., Coleman, D., Sobron, P., Smith, D., Cook, M., Zaccaria, J., and Wagner, D. (2023). Exploring deep-sea habitats near Kingman Reef & Palmyra Atoll. Deep-Sea Life 21: 11-12.…
Sowers, D. and Zaccaria, J. (2023). Ocean Exploration Trust: Mapping and Exploring the Global Ocean for 15 Years . Sea Technology Magazine June 2023: 15-20.…


Zaccaria, J., M Cook, D Wagner (2022). Combining technology and outreach for ocean exploration. Ocean Robotics Planet 32: 51-54.