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The Aquarium of the Pacific has a variety of experts available for media interviews on a various topics related to the ocean, marine life, climate, drought, and other environmental issues.


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Jerry Schubel

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.

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Sandy Trautwein

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.

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Rob Mortensen

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.

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James Stewart

Boat Programs Coordinator

James Stewart is the Aquarium’s resident whale expert.

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Lance Adams

Aquarium Veterinarian

Adams’ areas of expertise include veterinary care in the zoo and aquarium industry and rehabilitation of various animals, including rescued endangered sea turtles.

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Kim Thompson

Director, Seafood for the Future

Thompson’s areas of expertise include sustainable seafood, aquaculture, responsible fishing practices, and marine conservation.

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Marilyn Padilla

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.

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Nicole Leier

Senior Aquarist

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.

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Emily Yam

Senior Manager of Education

Emily Yam’s key areas of expertise include climate resilience, oceanography, marine science, and data-driven interpretation.

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Sara Mandel

Aviculturist II

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.

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Daniel Munoz

Assistant Curator

Daniel Munoz is the assistant curator in charge of Shark Lagoon and Southern California/Baja Gallery at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Rachel Munson

Aquarist II

Rachel Munson is the aquarist in charge of Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific.