As director of husbandry, my primary responsibility is to manage the curatorial team, who are responsible for caring for all the animals in our populations and their habitats. As a leader of the Aquarium’s animal care and husbandry operations, I work in tandem with exhibit curators and members of the animal care and welfare team. Outside of work, I enjoy boating, camping, fishing and hiking.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Early on, I had an affinity for fish and working on the water. Growing up north of Baltimore, and visiting often with our family membership, working at the Aquarium was always an interest in my youth.
What did you study in school?
Environmental marine science
How did you get started in your field of work?
An internship at the National Aquarium
At the Aquarium
How long have you been at the Aquarium?
Since April 2002
I love what I do because...
I get to work with animals every day, and the people who feel the same way.
Most memorable moment at the Aquarium
Hmmm … there are many. Any of our new exhibit openings and field work memories come to mind. They are so demanding to accomplish, you have to put more effort into them during development than people could possibly realize and they dominate your life for often years from start to finish.
Hometown: Born in Lancaster, PA and raised in Jarrettsville, MD
Dolphinfish (aka Dorado/Mahi mahi)
Three things you never leave home without?
- Kids hugs and kisses
One lesson you wish you'd learned earlier in life?
The benefits of putting yourself out there socially
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