Program Management Series Abstracts
Water Science in an Aquarium: How Does It Fit, Where Does It Fit, and How Do We Utilize It?
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Applied Research department at the Monterey Bay Aquarium consists of 14 specialists from a number of different fields of water science, with a vast majority of staff originally hailing from outside the aquarium industry. Since the 1990s days of providing water quality data to aquarists, the team has grown dramatically into an interdisciplinary department working in water quality, microbiology, environmental science, research, exhibit design, and life support design. The journey and growth behind how these specific positions have been born, have evolved, and have finally settled into a new structure in 2019 provides an interesting model in which to examine the role of these sciences, and scientists, in our industry. Where does water science actually fit in, and how can niche scientific roles come together cohesively to bridge husbandry, facilities, and exhibit design components within a single facility?
Zoo and Aquarium Dive Programs:
A Deeper Dive
George Z. Peterson2,
1Aquarium of the Pacific,
2Monterey Bay Aquarium
The landscape of occupational diving is ever evolving. We’ll examine emerging trends, unique approaches and real world applications utilizing innovative methods and technology to help zoo and aquarium dive programs meet institutional missions, solve present day challenges and operate efficiently and effectively.