Vice President of Animal Care
Jon Hoech oversees all aspects of Monterey Bay Aquarium's animal care activities, including Husbandry Operations, Collections, Dive Programs, Veterinary Services and Applied Research (water quality) functions.
"From a very young age, I have been immersed in the marine environment. Many of the experiences of my intimate encounters with marine life are etched deeply in the core of my being, which collectively inspire me to celebrate, honor and share the richness and beauty of life on Earth."
As a member of the senior management team, Jon participates in short- and long-range planning and decision-making for the Aquarium.
Jon has been a member of the Aquarium's Animal Care division since 1990 and has served in a variety of exhibit care capacities, including oversight of dive safety operations. He has a special interest in fish pathology and fish health management.
Prior to his tenure at the Aquarium, Jon was a high school teacher, local scuba dive tour guide and aquarium hobbyist. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from Humboldt State University, and a secondary teaching credential from Chapman College.