Raven Spencer, M.P.S.


Conservation & Science


Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology


Research Coordinator


M.P.S. – Marine Conservation, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
B.S. – Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
B.A. – International Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Marine mammal husbandry and behavior


Raven graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she focused on the biology and conservation of marine and terrestrial mammals. However, Raven’s split interest in biology and culture led her to study abroad in Belize and Italy and analyze stranding data along the North Carolina coast for the Gervais’ beaked whale.

After obtaining her bachelors, Raven acquired her Master’s of Professional Science at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. There, she focused on marine mammal biology, conservation, care, and management and participated in a collaborative project with the Alaska SeaLife Center on lateralization in wild Steller sea lion mother-pup pairs. Raven’s work at the Alaska SeaLife Center solidified her desire to work in zoos and aquariums.

Following her professional masters, Raven participated in many internships and volunteer positions within the zoo and aquarium field, including animal behavior/welfare studies at the Smithsonian National Zoo, administrative duties within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, marine mammal rehabilitation at the National Aquarium, and marine mammal husbandry at Mystic Aquarium.