Dawn Kernagis , 2016
Diving Biomedical Researcher, Educational Outreach Advocate, Cave/Technical Diver -- Dr. Dawn Kernagis is a research scientist in the area of undersea human performance and protection. Dawn completed her Ph.D. at Duke University, where she studied the genetics of decompression sickness and mechanisms of oxygen toxicity in divers. Dawn has worked on diving physiology research projects through IHMC, Duke, DAN, and Karolinska Institute in Sweden, including studies focused on decompression sickness, immersion pulmonary edema, oxygen toxicity and carbon dioxide retention in divers. She founded Project Pink Tank in 2010, and is a Mentor and Grant Writer with Water Women, Inc. Certified to dive in 1993, Dawn has been a diver and leader of numerous underwater exploration, research, and community projects around the world.