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Day 1: Dr. Romano 2019 Retrospective

Recently, our very own Dr. Tracy Romano has been making headlines about her important work in conservation research.

Research Efforts Underway To Save Beluga Whales From Future Extinction - PRNewswire from tomorrowsworld

As Mystic Aquarium’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano, is a leader in the field of marine mammal health. She is not only the founder of the field of marine mammal neuroimmunology but also the co-founder of the nationally recognized science-based education and cultural exchange program for Alaska Native and Native American high school youth – the Mystic Aquarium North Slope Borough Mashantucket Educational and Cultural Exchange Program.  If that’s not enough, Romano also serves as the Principle Investigator (PI) and project leader for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Mystic Aquarium is the first aquarium to host an REU which is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Biological Infrastructure in the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Division of Oceanic Sciences.

A 30 year veteran of conservation research, Romano leads a team focused on aquatic animal health and conservation biology.

Over the next several days, as we wind down the calendar year, we’ll post a bit of a retrospective on Dr. Romano’s travels in conservation during 2019.


Dr. Tracy Romano has been traveling to the Arctic for decades to help monitor the health of beluga whales with the critically important goal of determining the extent to which climate change, pollution, and other factors are impacting their well-being and conservation status.  This year has been one of her busiest travel years to date with initiatives that cover everything from conservation, education and research – the three pillars of Mystic Aquarium’s mission.  Throughout this calendar year her travels included visits to Anchorage and Barrow, Alaska as well as Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.  And, while she never crossed state lines, an event in March was one of the most important activities when Mystic Aquarium hosted the Second International Workshop on Beluga Research and Conservation.

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