Dr. Adams and his team manage health care and treatment for the Aquarium’s animal collection, which includes 1,000 different species.
He joined the Aquarium in 2001 and has more than two decades of experience working in the aquarium industry. He received special medical training and has experience in wildlife rehabilitation. Before coming to the Aquarium, he interned at the New England Aquarium in Boston, focusing on clinical medicine, and at a facility in Los Angeles, focusing on small animal surgery. Dr. Adams holds a bachelor of science degree in animal science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University, having taken special interest courses in exotics and zoo medicine. He also belongs to several professional organizations, including the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. His areas of expertise include rehabilitation of various animals, including rescued endangered sea turtles, which are sometimes brought to the Aquarium by NOAA for nursing before release back into the wild.