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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.



Jerry Schubel buttonLink

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.


Perry Hampton buttonLink

Vice President of Animal Husbandry

Hampton’s areas of expertise include aquarium management; marine biology; ocean conservation; and animal husbandry; and a variety of animal species, including ocean fishes and invertebrates, marine mammals, and birds.


Dudley Wigdahl buttonLink

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.


Rob Mortensen buttonLink

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.


Sandy Trautwein buttonLink

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.


David Bader buttonLink

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.


Kera Mathes buttonLink

Boat Programs Manager

Mathes’ areas of expertise include blue, gray, humpback, fin, and other types of whales and animals found in local waters, as well as whale behaviors, migration, and research.


Lance Adams buttonLink

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.


Kim Thompson buttonLink

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.


Marilyn Padilla buttonLink

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.


Lori Perkins buttonLink

Education Interpretation Manager

Perkins regularly serves as a spokesperson on marine biology and Aquarium programs for TV, radio, and print media outlets.


Nicole Leier buttonLink

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.


Emily Yam buttonLink

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®. 


Jennifer Lentz, Ph.D. buttonLink

Education Specialist

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


Sara Mandel buttonLink

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.