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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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Dudley Wigdahl 

Curator of Birds and Mammals

Wigdahl’s key areas of expertise include marine biology; ocean conservation; and animal husbandry. He is knowledgeable about penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and auklets, wetland birds, and various other marine mammals and birds.

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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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Sandy Trautwein 

Curator of Fish and Invertebrates

Trautwein’s areas of expertise include coral reef conservation, marine biology, and various species, including sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, sea stars, corals, crabs, sea jellies, and others.

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David Bader 

Director of Education

Bader’s areas of expertise include marine biology, oceanography, and interpretation of current ocean science for the public as well as about various marine animals from sharks to sea jellies.

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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 

Program Manager, Seafood for the Future and Citizen Science Conservation Projects

Thompson’s areas of expertise include sustainable seafood, aquaculture, responsible fishing practices, marine conservation, and the endangered sea turtles of the San Gabriel River.

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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 Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium. Her key areas of expertise include the biology of sharks and rays as well as training and healthcare for these animals.

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Emily Yam 

Science Interpretation Supervisor

Emily Yam’s key areas of expertise include oceanography, marine science, climate change interpretation, data-driven interpretation, and NOAA’s Science On a Sphere®. 

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Jennifer Lentz, Ph.D. 

Education Specialist

Jennifer Lentz’s areas of expertise include GIS, oceanography, marine science, environmental science, conservation, formal and informal education, outreach, and research. 

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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.