| WOMEN IN THE WILD

Morgan Fisher

| Areas of Expertise

Environmental Science

| Born

Los Gatos & Livermore, California

| Currently

Monterey, California

| Favorite Quote

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”

– The Lorax

| Job Title

Sea Otter Research and Conservationist

| Degree

Environmental Studies & Science for Sustainability  

| Biography

Ever since I can remember I have had a strong love for the ocean. By age four I believed I was going to be a mermaid when I grew up, which eventually lead to my pursuit of an environmental science degree. Monterey has opened up many opportunities for me, one of which involves the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I began working with their Sea Otter Program a year and a half ago. This program cares for sick and injured sea otters so that they may successfully be released back into the wild. Although it involves a lot of dirty work, it also consists of great conservation work that allows me some one on one “fluffing” time with orphaned pups! This program has brought me more joy than I ever thought possible and I never dreamed I would be able to participate in a program like this.

| A lot of people think that all science takes place in the field or in the lab, but a good amount takes place right here: in the office.

 

| Challenges

When I was struggling through my chemistry courses my college counselor told me that perhaps I should consider another field. He told me that people working with marine life had PhD’s and my chances were slim. Well look at me now!

| Emotional Story

When I started off as a volunteer with the Monterey Bay Aquarium we had a camera crew filming our Sea Otter Program. I was interested but I didn’t want to get in the way so I stood back and watched from afar. Our Aquarium vet noticed that I was hiding in the background and motioned for me to come closer to get a better look. I replied, “Oh, I’m just a volunteer”. He looked at me very puzzled and insisted I come closer. As the day went on I began cleaning filters and feeding otters. Soon after, our vet asked for me to come down to the surgery room to take a look at the otter and help his assistant in radiology. I thanked him for allowing me to participate and he made sure to let me know how thankful the Aquarium is for their volunteers. This is something I will never forget because I was reminded how important every role, volunteer or not, is to the Aquarium and their conservation efforts.

| Conservation Tip

Do your best to eliminate single-use plastics from your daily life!

| Advice

Never ever say no to an opportunity, it may not be exactly what you wanted or dreamed of but I guarantee it will offer you amazing experiences regardless if you give it the chance. 

| If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would You Be?

I would be a Sea Otter at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, because they’re living the life!

| Contact

Email: mofisher@csumb.edu  
My Tags:#Conservationist #Steminist #Scientist Animal Care · Zoo Keeper  · Otters · Environmental Scientist · Rehabilitation · California · Conservationist · Veterinary Care · Steminist  · Scientist ·