President & CEO
Dr. Kareiva joined the Aquarium of Pacific in August 2020. He holds a B.A. in zoology, M.S. in environmental biology, and Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology. He has written dozens of articles, papers, and books and received numerous appointments and awards, including the Aquarium’s most prestigious honor, the Ocean Conservation Award.
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.
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.