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Gabriela Serra-Valente
Collection Curator
Phone: (858) 546-5697
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Gabriela.Serra-Valente@noaa.gov

I currently manage the Marine Mammal and Turtle Genetics Tissue Collection housed here at the Center under the Protected Resources Division. With over 120,000 tissue samples representing almost all cetacean, pinniped and marine turtles species, this collection is the largest of its kind in the world, and has become an invaluable resource for marine conservation research and fisheries management. My work mainly focuses on the maintenance of this collection to ensure long term sample integrity and preservation. Duties include sample inventory and curation, accessioning sample information into our database, managing the sample check-out/check-in tracking process within our genetics laboratory, and overseeing the maintenance of all of our freezers.

In the pursuit of a career in the marine sciences, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a focus on Marine Biology from Ohio University and shortly after I had the opportunity to engage in several projects as a volunteer at Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Each one of these institutions has provided a truly unique experience that enriched my career with skills in valuable fields such as genetics, photo id, cetacean behavior and animal husbandry.

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Louella Dolar
Laboratory Technician
Phone: (858) 546-5621
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Louella.Dolar@noaa.gov

Louella has worked part time in the marine mammal genetics laboratory of the Protected Resources Division at Southwest Fisheries Science Center since 2008 doing DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing and other lab support activities. She also carries out field research and consulting in Southeast Asia on the ecology, natural history and population estimation of pelagic and coastal cetaceans and dugongs and on marine mammal-fishery interactions and grass-roots conservation programs. She serves as Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Environmental and Marine Sciences at Silliman University, Philippines.

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Victoria Pease
Lab Manager
Phone: (858) 546-5664
Fax: (858) 546-7003
E-mail: Vicki.Pease@noaa.gov

I started at Fisheries as a volunteer in the genetics lab in April 2003. My work in the genetics lab have included a diversity of projects, ranging from of sea turtle stock assessments, to screening new genetic markers on various marine mammals. In addition, I have also participated in a range of different field work studies, including sea turtle beach surveys, counts of migrating gray whales, aerial photogrammetry of leatherback turtles, and acting as a visiting scientist aboard the 2007 STAR-LITE ETP cruise. I currently serve as the Lab Manager for the Marine Mammal and Marine Turtle Genetics Programs.

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