Kirsten Donald is a marine mammal scientist whose career started in 1996. Kirsten earned her Master's degree in Marine Mammal Science from University of Wales in Bangor, Wales UK.
Kirsten began her career at Dolphin Research Center, where she served in various capacities including Education and Animal Care and Research. She served as the Director of Education and as the Director for the College of Marine Mammal Professions. Kirsten holds true to a philosophy of ‘experiential education’, the belief that hands-on experience with and around marine mammals and their environment creates a strong connection that results in better stewardship. Kirsten has served on the Education and Population Management Task Force Committees of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA). She has given presentations at AMMPA Education workshops, National Marine Science Educators’ Association, the Florida Marine Science Education Association conferences, as well as the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association conference. Kirsten was thrilled to join the PMMC family in 2015. The opportunity to expand the educational mission of the center and to contribute directly to conservation and research efforts keeps her continuously motivated.