Holly Lohuis is a marine biologist and educator with Ocean Futures Society, and has been diving the world’s oceans with Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team since 1996. She has appeared in many of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s documentaries, including co-star of a new IMAX film, Secret Ocean 3D, launched in 2015. She is also featured as a diver and on camera biologist in the eleven hours of the PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures.
With a degree in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara and experience in the ocean realm around the world, she is an eloquent and popular speaker on the beauty and crises facing our water planet. Holly is also a PADI Dive Master and Open Water SCUBA Instructor.
As a member of Cousteau’s expedition team for over 20 years, Holly acts as a liaison between the team and scientists and is responsible for confirming the factual accuracy of Ocean Futures Society’s documentaries and publications. She has worked full-time with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s marine conservation organization, Ocean Futures Society, since 2002.
Holly has also been a marine educator for over 25 years. For nearly a decade she worked as diver/naturalist with Island Packers, the Channel Islands National Park boat concessionaire and was the education coordinator for their floating classroom programs. She then moved on to a more global arena, working with Passage Productions-Live Dive organization on cruise ships in the Caribbean, Pacific and Mediterranean. She was the on-site marine biologist at the eco-resort, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, for eighteen months where she shared her wealth of knowledge and passion about the importance of protecting our water planet for future generations with guests and the local villagers.
She has taught thousands of children and adults about the wonders and fragility of the marine environment and the importance of protecting our water planet for future generations.
For her educational outreach efforts, Holly was honored in 2009 with the Hall of Fame award from the San Juan School district in her hometown Sacramento, California.