Vice President of Husbandry
Since 2002, Randy Hamilton has directed the Aquarium's Husbandry, Veterinary, Dive and Collecting departments—responsible for the welfare of over 70,000 species. He also oversees animal research and development projects to ensure that millions of Aquarium guests experience outstanding exhibits where sea life thrives.
"As a young adult just starting college in Southern California, I went exploring in the tide pools. I was awed by thousands of tiny sea animals, which sparked my desire to know more about sea life and how it begins, grows and survives."
Randy joined the Aquarium in 1982 as part of the "start-up" team. As a fabricator, Randy built fiberglass exhibits, rockwork and marine mammal models for the exhibit halls. In 1992, he became a husbandry coordinator, overseeing the one-million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, Tiny Drifters jellies gallery and life support for the major new wing expansion.
Prior to working at the Aquarium, Randy studied abalone aquaculture as a research assistant for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a Master's of Science degree in marine biology.
Currently, Randy chairs the Animal Welfare Committee and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and serves as an active member of the Diving Control Board. He's also a member of the Accreditation Team of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which certifies that respective institutions meet or exceed professional standards.
Randy's interests include world travel and sailing his Westsail 32. Locally, he is a docent for the City of Monterey as a guide for Doc Ricketts' Lab Tours.