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.
Dr. Peter Kareiva
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.
Emily Yam’s key areas of expertise include climate resilience, oceanography, marine science, and data-driven interpretation.
James Stewart is the Aquarium’s resident whale expert.
Thompson’s areas of expertise include sustainable seafood, aquaculture, responsible fishing practices, and marine conservation.
Adams’ areas of expertise include veterinary care in the zoo and aquarium industry and rehabilitation of various animals, including rescued endangered sea turtles.
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.
Rachel Munson is the aquarist in charge of Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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.
Cassandra Davis is the manager of volunteer programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific. She works directly with volunteers, scientists, and communities to connect them with ocean science.
Nate Jaros is the Aquarium’s curator of fishes and invertebrates and leads a team of aquarists who care for all of the fish and invertebrate animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Staci Wong is the interpretation manager at the Aquarium of the Pacific. She manages guest experiences at the Aquarium that are facilitated by the education department, including volunteers.
Erin McCombs is an education supervisor at the Aquarium with expertise in shark and ray biology and conservation.
To arrange an interview, please contact a member of the PR team:
Director of Public Relations