President & CEO
Dr. Jerry Schubel has been president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from Johns Hopkins University. Areas of expertise include climate change, sea level rise, and a sustainable future for the World Ocean.
Vice President of Husbandry
Trautwein’s areas of expertise include coral reef conservation, marine biology, and various species, including sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, sea stars, corals, crabs, and sea jellies.
Assistant Curator of Birds and Mammals
Mortensen’s areas of expertise include marine biology, ocean conservation, horticulture, penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, Southern California terrestrial reptiles and birds, and the critically endangered Guam Kingfisher.
Boat Programs Coordinator
James Stewart is the Aquarium’s resident whale expert.
Adams’ areas of expertise include veterinary care in the zoo and aquarium industry and rehabilitation of various animals, including rescued endangered sea turtles.
Director, Seafood for the Future
Thompson’s areas of expertise include sustainable seafood, aquaculture, responsible fishing practices, and marine conservation.
Director of Public Relations
Padilla regularly serves as a spokesperson on Aquarium programs and animals for Spanish-language media outlets, including on international, national, and local programs.
Leier is the senior aquarist in charge of exhibits in the Southern California/Baja Gallery at the Aquarium. Her key areas of expertise include giant sea bass breeding and sharks and rays.
Senior Manager of Education
Emily Yam’s key areas of expertise include climate resilience, oceanography, marine science, and data-driven interpretation.
Mandel is the aviculturist (bird expert) in charge of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat. She is knowledgeable about each of the penguins and their different personalities.
Daniel Munoz is the assistant curator in charge of Shark Lagoon and Southern California/Baja Gallery at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Rachel Munson is the aquarist in charge of Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific.