Smart About Sharks

The Gills Club harnesses girls' passion for sharks, nature and the environment by giving them the opportunity to engage in projects focused on making a significant impact on the way sharks are perceived by the public. 


Gills Club Online Community

Gills Club features scientists from our Science Team in e-Newsletters and across our social media platforms. This gives our members unprecedented access to top female shark researchers in the field.

Whether you want to become a marine biologist or just love sharks, as a Gills Club member you will learn about different shark species, the most recent research, and institutions that have been integral in helping our scientists reach their career goals.  


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Women Who Live Every Week Like Shark Week


“It wouldn’t have occurred to me that the lack of females featured in Shark Week was an issue until I started a non-profit to fund shark research. At events, I met young girls that were being told by other kids that, ‘only boys like sharks’ and being discouraged from following their passion. I realized that if your only experience with shark research/conservation is Shark Week – like it is for most kids – you may believe that shark science is a career only for men. The reality is, shark science is comprised of many women who live every week like it’s Shark Week. At the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, we wanted to find a way to connect the two groups, and so the Gills Club was born!” - Cynthia Wigren, CEO and Co-founder, AWSC

Meet the Gills Club Science Team >>>