Jeffrey GALLANT, M.Sc.
President and Scientific Director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG)
Director of the Shark Observation Network (SON)
Editor-in-Chief of the Diving Almanac & Book of Records
Jeffrey started diving with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in 1982 at the age of 14. He has since led several research and training expeditions around the world. Among other accomplishments, Gallant was trained as an aquanaut in Romania in 1995 (L.S.-1 Underwater Laboratory), he is the former Chief Diver of the Quebec Aquarium, he is a former secretary of the Canadian Association for Underwater Science (CAUS), he sailed aboard Cousteau’s windship Alcyone in 1999, he co-led the first pelagic shark observation dives in Canada in 2000, he filmed the first natural encounter with a freeswimming Greenland shark in 2003, and he served as the Diving Safety Officer (DSO) during the Sedna Epic Proof-of-Concept Expedition to Labrador and Greenland in 2014.
An award-winning underwater photographer and videographer, Jeffrey has contributed to several dive publications, books, as well as television and film documentaries on sharks and diving, including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC, CBC, Radio-Canada and Explora.
He is the author of the internationally-acclaimed Diving Almanac and Book of Records and he has been a contributing editor of Vancouver-based DIVER Magazine since 1997. The Diving Almanac & Book of Records has been described as “The definitive reference book for all divers” (DeeperBlue.com, 2015) and “The most diverse, yet comprehensive collection of its kind” (DIVER Magazine, 2015).
Jeffrey is also a certified shipmaster (Transport Canada ≤ 60 GT), a CMAS Course Director, and a former reservist with the Royal 22nd Regiment.
He was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club in 2010 and he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to underwater science and exploration in 2012. In 2014, the Drummond Chamber of Commerce (CCID) elected Jeffrey as an Ambassador of the City of Drummondville where he teaches at the CEGEP (Community college).
Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group: www.geerg.ca
Shark Observation Network: www.sharksonline.net
Diving Almanac & Book of Records: www.divingalmanac.com
Video: Greenland shark research in the Saint-Laurence Estuary: https://youtu.be/G1tzsHxY9T4