Marina Karastamatis

Marina Karastamatis

…  is a Senior Research Associate on the Community Engagement team at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where she helps coordinate and facilitate San Diego Zoo Global’s branch of Dragonfly’s Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP). As an AIP alumna herself, she strives to support and encourage current students on their graduate school journey. She earned her bachelor’s in visual arts from the University of California, San Diego, and her master’s in biology through Miami University. Her Master Plan focused on the role of visual media in shaping public perceptions of threatened species and environmental issues, and how media can be used as a tool to promote positive attitudes, beliefs, and action towards conservation. Prior to joining the Community Engagement team, Marina spent five years at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as an Animal Handler, where she cared for and worked with a variety of animal ambassadors, delivering educational presentations to guests. Outside of work she enjoys painting, spending time outdoors, and going on camping trips with her husband and golden retriever. 

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