Jan Cousteau traded the bright lights of the runway to travel the world with her husband Philippe Cousteau. In the 12 years they shared before his untimely death aboard the Flying Calypso, Jan and Philippe led 22 expeditions filming the beloved “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” series. As one of the only women in the world to serve as a regular member of the Cousteau expedition crew, this model-turned-explorer filled roles ranging from logistics planner, procurator, and field surgeon to press liaison, translator, wildlife photographer, voice-over talent and even veterinarian. She cooked over open fires on beaches and savannahs from Africa to Patagonia, cared for five baby walrus on St Lawrence Island and shared a cabin in Canada with two beavers and eight team members.
In addition to regularly joining her daughter Alexandra and son Philippe in the field as they work to carry on the family legacy of conservation and exploration, Jan remains an engaging and powerful storyteller--keeping alive the incredible stories of adventure most of us only saw once they were edited for the screen.
Jan also lends her counsel and experience to a number of various environmental causes. She is a co-founder of her son’s organization EarthEcho International- one of the leading environmental education organizations in the country whose aim is to empower youth to take action that restores and protects our planet. Jan is the 2012 recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Medal, and also served on the board of the Alliance Française and Humane Society in Washington, DC.