#43: Dive Buddies - Meet Andrea

My name is Andrea
As you may have read in the last blog post, Chris B. is taking the next 5 months off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which will lead him from California up through Oregon and Washington. During his absence I will be joining the Giant Ocean Tank dive team.

I was first introduced to the New England Aquarium as an Aquarium Guide Volunteer in 2003, where I have had the opportunity to talk thousands of visitors about all the amazing animals that call the aquarium their home. And in 2005 I got my first job at the Aquarium as a Program Educator. As a Program Educator I would to travel to schools with small tide pool animals. It was a lot of fun teaching the kids about these animals, and knowing that this day at school would probably standout in their memories for years to come.

In 2007 I became a Penguin biologist here at the New England Aquarium. Even though it is not the most glamorous job (most of the day you are scrubbing guano, or penguin poop), it is an amazing job where I get to work with more than 80 penguins who each have their own unique personalities, so every day is different and rewarding. I also have raised over 10 penguin chicks. Before working with the penguins I was a penguin colony volunteer for 3 years. (Check out this video of me on AquaKids talking about the penguins!)

This is not my first time in the GOT. As a penguin biologist I was cross trained in all the GOT feeding dives, so I already have over 30 GOT dives under my belt, including a fun dive during the aquarium's Halloween event Fish, Fun, and Fright. I incorporated my tank and BC (buoyancy compensator) as my "proton pack" and dressed up as a Ghostbuster. But I am very excited to get many many more dives under my belt and learn as much as I can about the over 600 individuals that call the GOT their home.

While I will miss my feathered friends in the penguin exhibit I am very excited for this great opportunity to help take care of the New England Aquarium's largest and very popular exhibit. The next time you are at the New England Aquarium stop by the top of the GOT and say hello.

- Andrea



  1. What days are you usually decending into the GOT Andrea? I'm going to make a trek to the quarium when I'm in Boston two weeks from today (to say hi to volunteer Don amongst other things) and I'd love to hear more about your experiences there.

  2. Nice blog post Andrea. Writing from Idyllwild CA, 179 miles by trail from the border. Taking a zero day here to rest our feet, catch up on emails, and eat as much as we can in 24 hours! Say hi to everyone for me.


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