Vice President of Husbandry
Dr. Sandy Trautwein’s responsibilities as vice president of husbandry include managing the entire staff of the Aquarium’s husbandry department, including aquarists, mammalogists, aviculturists, and divers, as well as the veterinary office and water quality lab, to ensure the safety, health, and integrity of all exhibits and habitats.
Trautwein is an active American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) certified diver and has participated in research and conservation field work in Southern California and in Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, and Alaska.
As a member of the senior management team, Trautwein participates in institutional planning and decision-making, including the development of new animal exhibits and programs. She also oversees the conservation and research programs associated with southern sea otters, penguins, diving birds, Guam Kingfishers, giant sea bass, corals, and white abalone (a federally protected endangered species). Trautwein and her team participate in several Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plans that help promote the conservation of threatened or endangered species.
Trautwein’s career in public aquariums began in 1984, when she worked as a senior aquarist at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. She later worked as a curator for Coral World in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Trautwein joined the Aquarium of the Pacific in 1997 and was part of the team that prepared the Aquarium’s exhibits for its grand opening on June 20, 1998. She holds a master’s of science degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston (South Carolina) with an emphasis in coral. She earned a Ph.D. in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2013. She currently serves as an inspector for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation program.
Her key areas of expertise include coral reef conservation, marine biology, and various species, including sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, sea stars, corals, crabs, and sea jellies.