Kirsten Donald

Director of Education

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Kirsten Donald is the Director of Education and Marine Mammal Biologist at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. 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 (DRC) in 1996. Kirsten served as the Director of Education for DRC and as the Director for the College of Marine Mammal Professions (aka DRC’s Training Institute). The latter of which she spear headed, offering the first degreed program in marine mammal behavior, care and training.   While at DRC, Kirsten also co-founded and developed a field research program focused on bottlenose dolphins in the Keys

Kirsten has been involved in marine mammal education program development, visitor engagement, animal care and training, marine mammal research and population management analyses, conservation efforts as well as marine mammal stranding and rescue efforts including whales and dolphins, manatees, seals and sea lions.

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. 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 of both.

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