Director of Education
David Bader joined the Aquarium’s staff in 1998.
He has a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in biology with an emphasis in educational media design from the University of California, Irvine. As the Aquarium’s director of education, Bader develops and manages school and public programs, education department long-term planning and staffing, exhibit development, interpretation training, and grant development. In 2015 Bader became the public engagement project coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Vaquita SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) program. Key areas of his expertise include marine biology, oceanography, interpretation of current ocean science for the public, vaquita conservation, and the biology and ecology of various marine animals, from sharks to sea jellies.