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Elizabeth Jensen

Student at Miami University majoring in Biology
Having worked as a marine mammal specialist for many years, I am very excited to be enrolled in Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program. This Master's Program is in collaboration with AZA. I will be onsite at the Denver Zoo for classes on a regular basis. I look forward to all the fantastic learning opportunities and interactions with my fellow students, the faculty and the Denver Zoo staff!
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Elizabeth Jensen studies conservation in Thailand

Corpus Christi, Texas, resident Elizabeth Jensen, a current master's student in the Advanced Inquiry Program from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Thailand. Jensen will study em...

June, 19 2019 - Verified by Miami University
Elizabeth Jensen accepted into master's degree program through Miami University's Project Dragonfly

Corpus Christi, Texas, resident Elizabeth Jensen was recently accepted into the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) and will be taking classes toward a Master of Arts degree in Biology from Miami Univer...

May, 10 2017 - Verified by Miami University
Elizabeth Jensen was recognized for graduating
BA in Philosophy Graduated Cum Laude Rising Scholar Scholarship - Fall 2016 Marty Pritchett School Endowment Scholarship - Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Parents Council – Travel grant to present at professional conference - Fall 2014
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Graduated in 1983.
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Anthropology and Asian Studies
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Elizabeth Jensen was recognized for enrolling
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Elizabeth Jensen was recognized for earning a scholarship
Rising Scholar Scholarship - Fall 2016 Marty Pritchett School Endowment Scholarship - Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Parents Council – Travel grant to present at professional conference - Fall 2014
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Adjunct Instructor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
• Created and teaching innovative Dolphin Husbandry and Care course (10 weeks) with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Students gain direct experience with cetacean care, training, education and participate in dolphin research on site at Dolphinaris, Riviera Maya Mexico. Students learn firsthand about daily operations in a public interactive facility, guest relations, educating guests, and actively taking part in cutting edge research on site with dolphins. • The experiential portion of the course is complemented with a comprehensive academic curriculum pertaining to marine mammal training, care, biology and behavior and conservation. • Student learning outcomes include a strong understanding of the value of marine mammals in managed care and its significance to increasing the general public’s awareness about marine mammals under human care. Students also get first-hand experience with behavioral maintenance and care of cetaceans and a strong understanding of the benefits for conducting crucial research with marine mammals in managed care to directly benefit wild dolphins.
May 2014 - August 2015
Student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Currently finishing my undergraduate degree and developing a hands on teaching course with bottlenose dolphins.
September 2013 - Present
Marine Mammal Advisor/Aquarist at The Maritime Aquarium
• Guided senior staff and animal care staff for creation of new harbor seal presentation. Co-developed engaging school presentations on the Seals of Long Island Sound with harbor seal collection. • Improved seal care, trained animals and conducted training workshops for animal care staff. Also trained nurse sharks and staff for interactive public shark and ray touch tank. • Advised animal care staff for sea turtle husbandry behavior program. • Provided animal care, support for special projects and new exhibits, participate in shark dives in open ocean tank, consult for new animal programs and facilitated animal care staff presentations at professional conferences.
June 2011 - July 2012
Curator of Marine Mammals at Atlantida (Now Dolphinaris)
• Developed Atlantida from ground up and implemented 6 types of educational dolphin interactive programs including open ocean programs. Also oversaw care and training of collection of toucans and assisted in rehab of sea birds • Responsible for the training of 15 dolphins from acquisition to conducting interactive programs, medical behaviors and research projects • Supervised international staff of over 30 and devised an advanced marine mammal training internship • Developed and incorporated animal care procedures based on USDA, training protocols and a comprehensive environmental enrichment program • Supervised all animal movements and medical procedures performed • Worked closely with the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the National Institute of Ecology and the National Institute of Fisheries to establish standards and regulations for marine mammals in Mexico based on USDA/APHIS regulations, and AMMPA standards and guidelines • Implemented an in-house trainer certification utilizing classes, hands on demonstrations, exams and practical evaluations • Active Involvement in the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association
November 1998 - November 2002
Co-Director at International Zoological Applications, Inc
Founded IZA, Inc. for professional animal management services and project development Consultation for design and development of dolphin interactive facilities Consultations for shark and ray training Contributed to various professional publications, organizations and institutions Awarded technical assistance contract for managing zoological operations at Parque Nizuc
January 1997 - December 2003

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