Heal the Bay Aquarium
Despite growing up in the midwest, Natalie has always had an inexplicable love for the ocean. So, after graduating from DePaul University, Natalie embarked on a year-long exploration of Australian marine life. This made her realize she could never live in a land-locked state again. After establishing a home base in coastal California, she jumped on a multitude of jobs and volunteer opportunities continuing her passion for environmental education along with animal rescue and rehabilitation. At the Santa Monica Aquarium, Natalie is part of the aquarist team that assists in keeping inhabitants healthy, the tanks looking beautiful and spreading knowledge about our sharks in weekly shark talks! In her free time, Natalie collects animal socks, plays volleyball, and explores Los Angeles with her Bearded Dragon, Belanus.