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Experts

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.

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Dr. Peter Kareiva

Dr. Peter 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 is committed to science that engages the public and believes that connecting to nature is the one thing that can overcome the deep political and social divides that plague the nation today.

Jennie Dean

Jennie Dean

Jennie Dean is serving as the Aquarium’s inaugural vice president of education and conservation. In this role she will amplify and enhance the Aquarium’s work in species conservation and learning for all audiences.

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Emily Yam

Emily Yam’s key areas of expertise include climate resilience, oceanography, marine science, and data-driven interpretation.

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James Stewart

James Stewart is the Aquarium’s resident whale expert.

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Dr. Lance Adams

Dr. Lance Adams’ areas of expertise include veterinary care in the zoo and aquarium industry and rehabilitation of various animals, including rescued endangered sea turtles.

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Marilyn Padilla

Marilyn Padilla regularly serves as a spokesperson on Aquarium programs and animals for Spanish-language media outlets, including on international, national, and local programs.

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Nicole Leier

Nicole 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.

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Rachel Munson

Rachel Munson is the aquarist in charge of Shark Lagoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Rob Mortensen

Rob 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.

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Cassandra Davis

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.

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Nate Jaros

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.

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Staci Wong

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.

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Erin McCombs

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

Marilyn Padilla
(562) 951-1684
mpadilla@lbaop.org

Public Relations Manager

Nicole Sarmiento
(562) 951-3197
nsarmiento@lbaop.org

Communications Manager

Andreas Miguel
(562) 951-1678
amiguel@lbaop.org