MEET the TEAM in HAWAI'I
Charlie Fasano - Hawaii Regional Director for Shark Research Institute
Charlie holds degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Technology. He has worked as a Field Manager of the Coral Reef Restoration Team for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Florida where his work concentrated on coral reef restoration using biological methodologies in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
In 2004, Charlie moved to Kailua Kona, Hawaii to pursue a career in underwater cinematography. His filmography includes a project documenting autistic children swimming with wild dolphins to his award-winning film, Hawaii’s Undersea Ohana.
Also in Kailua Kona, Charlie was part of a small team of unique scuba divers who initially investigated the now popular recreational "blackwater dive." In 2010, world-renowned marine artist and SRI Advisor, Wyland, appointed Charlie the Executive Director of the distinguished Ocean Artists Society.
Charlie has contributed to many ocean-related media publications, including Ocean Geographic, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Asian Diver, Scuba Diver Life, and ScubaShooters, to name a few. He has been a VIP speaker and presenter at Asia Dive Expos, Dive Resort Travel expos, and Thailand Dive Expos, where he spoke about ocean conservation and underwater cinematography methods.
Charlie was part of a team that attended the Conference of International Trade of Exotic Species (CITES CoP16) that successfully lobbied for international trade protections of manta rays and five species of sharks.
In 2018, he was inducted into the prestigious The Explorers Club.
“I feel that we are in a new advent of enlightened thinking of the frailty of the marine environment. I believe that underwater art can inspire a new generation of ocean conservationists to stand up and reduce our human impact on the oceans. Our Environmental Renaissance has begun.” -C.Fasano-
Angelique Reinke - Hawaii Intern
Angelique is a passionate free diver and ocean explorer. She holds a degree in Science from Brigham Young University and works closely with the director of Coral World International and the Coral Reef Education Institute. Her deep appreciation for the marine life also increased her desire to protect sharks and educate people about these fascinating and still misunderstood creatures and their important role in the marine ecosystem.
Angelique works as a counselor/therapist for children with special needs. Currently, she trains her horses for equine therapy. Her devotion to animal husbandry is in her blood as her family owned an historic farm in Germany. That affection thrived even more when she worked as an assistant for the department of veterinary medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is also a trained classical pianist.
Marina Praet - NOAA Fisheries
Marina Praet was born and raised in southern California and currently resides in Hawaii. Marina is a recent graduate of Hawaii Pacific University where she earned her bachelor's degree in marine biology. She spent the last four years working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Turtle Biology and Assessment Program on Oahu, where she gained a deep appreciation for the need to care for the ocean and its inhabitants. Marina is also an avid diver and holds a PADI Advanced Dive Certification allowing her to dive in many places worldwide. Her interests lay specifically with sharks; discovering ways to understand and protect these amazing marine animals is one of her life goals.
Bruce Watkins - Summer Field Manager
Bruce Watkins received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and spent his career investigating the natural world. He is the author of hundreds of scientific journal and popular magazine articles, as well as many books including “A Diver’s Guide to Monterey County.” Bruce has now retired from the University of California and lives in Kailua Kona.