Using my psychology degree to train marine mammals


by Stephanie Link, B.S Psychology ’08

Since earning my psychology degree in 2008, I have moved to beautiful Fort Walton Beach where I work at Florida’s Gulfarium as a marine mammal trainer.

I am responsible for the daily care of our resident Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, California Sea Lions, Pacific Harbor Seals, North American
River Otters, African Penguins and a variety of Sea Turtles (both resident and many rehabilitation animals!).

Interestingly enough, every day I am at work I apply all the principles
I learned in my ABA classes as an undergrad. They really help train the
animals! I am very involved in IMATA (International Marine Animal
Trainer’s Association)
and just recently attended the annual conference. Since my return from the conference, we have implemented new
policies and I am in the process of training a completely voluntary
Intervertebral Plexus blood sample from one of our female African
penguins. Voluntary medical work makes life as a trainer much easier


About Author

I’m a self-proclaimed marketing nerd whose primary role at Florida Tech is to support our enrollment marketing efforts. When I’m not inundated with inspiration from our stellar faculty, students and staff, you’ll find me getting my crafting skills on with my daughter or awkwardly dancing at a concert.

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