Jonatha Giddens

Fellow at National Geographic
Chief Scientist DSRP at the National Geographic Society Exploration Technology 

Jonatha Giddens

National Geographic Explorer and Fellow Dr. Jonatha Giddens is an Ocean Ecologist and Chief Scientist for the National Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab Deep-Sea Research Project (DSRP). Her current research on the DSRP is focused on understanding patterns in global deep-sea biodiversity. With the NGS Exploration Technology Lab, Giddens is working to advance low-cost deep-ocean observation methods and to build capacity for deep-ocean science.

With a background in the natural and social sciences, as well as training in art and traditional storytelling, Giddens is working to bridge human-natural connections to the sea through integrating science, art and storytelling in ocean exploration.

Giddens earned a PhD in Zoology with a specialization in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Hawaii (USA), where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Giddens co-leads the Ocean Literacy Task Team of the UN Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Programme and is a member of the Marine Life 2030 and Challenger 150 Decade Programmes.