Denéa (Δενέα) Buckingham is an explorer, writer, photographer, Divemaster, conservationist, caver (spelunker) and world-citizen who was born in America, raised in Australia and has worked in 10 countries.
With a background in journalism, media and story-telling, Denéa launched a magazine in Australia in 2006 receiving critical acclaim. She went on to form a social media and content consulting and management company in 2008 and regularly works with scientific expeditions and efforts to improve their online promotion strategies.
Completing her PADI Divemaster training in the Philippines, Denéa simultaneously dove into marine conservation, spear-heading a successful campaign to raise awareness in the local population of the importance of sharks and to have shark meat removed from the menus of restaurants on the island. Her work continued in the Solomon Islands with indigenous empowerment in marine infrastructure and assisting with WWII marine archaeology.
Denéa is a member of the Explorers Club and on the board of the Southern California chapter. She has been a part of expeditions including marine acoustics research in Curacao, cave exploration in Huautla (Mexico), and working as a wolf-handler at the inaugural Sedona Wolf Week, two of which carried the illustrious Explorers Club Flag. Denéa also orchestrated the Explorers Club Flag #211 award to the Fourni Underwater Survey 2017.
Returning to University in 2018, Denéa will be pursuing Archaeology/Anthropology with specialties in underwater archaeology, cave archaeology and cultural heritage. Denéa believes that science and conservation are stories that must be told and desires to unite her passion for media with her deep love of exploration.