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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. 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.

Daniel Munoz portrait

Daniel Munoz

Daniel Munoz is the assistant curator in charge of Shark Lagoon and Southern California/Baja Gallery at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Portrait of Emily Yam

Emily Yam

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

James Stewart

James Stewart

James Stewart is the Aquarium’s resident whale expert.

Portrait of Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson

Thompson’s areas of expertise include sustainable seafood, aquaculture, responsible fishing practices, and marine conservation.

Portrait of Lance Adams

Lance Adams

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

Portrait of Marilyn Padilla

Marilyn Padilla

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

Portrait of Nicole Leier

Nicole Leier

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 Portrait

Rachel Munson

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

Portrait of Rob Mortensen

Rob Mortensen

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.

To arrange an interview, please contact a member of the PR team:

Director of Public Relations

Marilyn Padilla
(562) 951-1684