Writer, filmmaker and adventurer, Jon is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. One of the Society’s ‘Ocean Heroes,’ his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine was documenting a 3,741 mile crossing of Antarctica by dogsled. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than fifteen documentary films.
His Oceans 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak over the course of ten years (1999-2008), bringing back stories from the Aleutian Islands to French Polynesia, Gabon to Tasmania, and more, reporting on how the planet’s one ocean and its various coastlines are faring in today’s busy world.
Jon lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. He is President of Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation, and chairman of the advisory board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and a board member of the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship.
Oceans 8 Films
Oceans 8 Films produces documentaries focused primarily on threats to our planet’s interconnected environment, especially its one ocean, with an emphasis on the people who live along its edges and those who work to protect it.
One Ocean Media Foundation
The One Ocean Media Foundation is dedicated to raising environmental awareness and literacy in the United States and internationally, to address urgent and immediate threats to our planet’s environmental and cultural future. The Foundation is a continuation of Jon’s and Oceans 8 Film’s work these past twenty-five years documenting the health of the world’s environment, particularly our one ocean.
Through innovative new media – using the web, social media, films, books, magazine stories, lectures, public events and more – the Foundation seeks to communicate wonder and respect for the planet’s interconnected systems, particularly focused on bringing information into classrooms, communities, science institutions, museums and other public settings. The One Ocean Media Foundation also supports organizations committed to protecting ecosystems, wildlife, indigenous cultures and human rights through a wide variety of media outreach.