Instructor of Animal Science and Behavior
Amber Ramos has been working as a marine mammal trainer and animal care specialist for over fifteen years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her research focuses on behavioral health and welfare of marine mammals under professional care. She is interested in all aspects of behavior, cognitive enrichment, and the human-animal relationship that promotes positive welfare. Amber works for The National Marine Mammal Foundation, as a lead trainer, supporting the US Navy Marine Mammal Program since 2007. She has been lucky enough to develop relationships with a large variety of bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions, ranging from neonates to geriatric animals. In addition to the animals under her care, she has had the unique opportunity to utilize her expertise by assisting with marine mammal rescue centers along the California coast. When she is not working or studying, Amber loves to visit Hawaii, or relax at home with her husband and their 2 cats.
Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis