Who doesn’t like to meet celebrities?
I do too, but only if they are science educator celebrities. I’ll take them from any field of science and any medium of education.
And do you know who is a cool AF science educator celebrity that I got to meet?
Yes, it’s Austin Gallagher. I know that you cheated and read the title. Way to go, cheater!
Who Is Austin Gallagher?
From his website, “Dr. Austin Gallagher is a biologist and entrepreneur. His is the Chief Scientist and CEO of Beneath the Waves, a globally activated non-profit organization focusing on shark and ocean conservation.”
How Is Austin Gallagher A Science Educator?
Via Beneath The Waves he leads a citizen-science expeditions to do shark research, lectures, and does shark oriented education with students.
He is also a prolific persona on shark related TV programs. In fact, as I type this he is in the Bahamas right now doing a program for Shark Week.
He also rocks a pretty fierce IG game where he does hot takes via Stories while he is out i the field doing research. It’s good stuff.
How Did I Get To Meet Austin?
I hit him up on Instagram.
No, for real.
I hollered at him via IG and told him that if he did another shark related citizen-science trip that I’d be down for going along with him and the Beneath The Waves crew.
Yada-yada-yada about 6 weeks later I’m in the Bahamas on the Sharkwater with a film crew and Beneath The Waves!
What Was Austin Like In Person?
The dude is very passionate about shark conservation.
He likes all predators.
Not a fan of the ending of GoT, but who the F is?
He is an entrepreneur of some kind and has something exciting going on, but he was cryptic about the details.
Loves the Bruins and likely did not take game 7 well. My condolences, hombre, as I cannot imagine how tough that was.
He is having one of the best years that anyone has ever had (kick ass research, the entrepreneurial thing, a few sharky TV shows, and he and his wife are having a baby Gallagher).
And, lastly, he is just a super cool nice guy and I was happy to have met him.