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Kristin Paterakis

Kristin Paterakis is a double Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker with a diverse background in marine science, geology and cultural anthropology. Her journey into visual storytelling began during graduate school, conducting research in Baja California Sur, using digital storytelling to unveil the complexities of shark fishing. She joined the Scuba Diving magazine in 2023 as the digital editor and content creation specialist.
A self-taught underwater photographer and videographer, Kristin has been featured by National Geographic, the Field Museum and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. As an open water scuba instructor and certified tech, rebreather, freediver and cave diver, she shares her passion for the underwater world through visual storytelling and writing.
In her downtime, you'll find Kristin diving (shocking!), tending to her collection of plants, playing with her pup Zoe or savoring homemade vegetarian tacos and spanakopita. A true explorer, Kristin aspires to educate audiences with her underwater tales and dedication to marine conservation.

Divers Remove 14,000 Pounds of Trash in the Florida Keys

Divers play a crucial role in preserving the environments we cherish. Discover how one diver's outlook on ocean pollution transformed after participating in the largest organized cleanup in the Florida Keys.

Diving in Greece: Three Unexpected Islands to Visit

Discover the beauty and history above and below the waves in these less-frequented islands in Greece. From sea caves to ancient pottery, divers of all levels will find something to enjoy, with some great food and company during surface intervals.

The Coral Classroom: A Lesson in Restoring Reefs and Mobilizing Action

Ever wonder what it is like to help with coral conservation? Dive in with editor Kristin Paterakis as she rediscovers the importance of giving back to the underwater community--both corals and the next generation of ocean torchbearers.

Maui, the Aftermath: Stories of Loss, Grief and Community

How the unprecedented fires devastated a historic town and its people-including the dive community. Here is what you need to know three months later and how you can help