Wei Ying Wong Fills New Science and Education Leadership Position
November 8, 2021

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce that Wei Ying Wong has been chosen to become ASLC’s first Chief Science and Education Officer. As the first executive to serve in this newly created senior leadership position, Dr. Wong will lead the team of educators and scientists in a collaborative commitment to promote ASLC’s science and education programs.

Dr. Wong earned her B.A in Environmental Studies and English Literature from the University of Toronto, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. She comes to ASLC after serving as Assistant Director for Science and Technical Assistance at Washington Sea Grant in Seattle. Dr. Wong has additionally served in executive roles at the Woodland Park Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, and The Ocean Project in Providence, Rhode Island. 

“We are very fortunate to find a leader with Wei Ying’s passion for education, science and conservation,” says ASLC President and CEO Tara Riemer. “She brings to us more than 20 years of experience as a highly respected educator, speaker and scientist. Creating this new senior leadership position represents our commitment to bring our experienced educators and world class scientists even closer together to advance our mission.”

Dr. Wong has a background in cultural ecology, market research, and strategic communications. “As an avid scuba diver, the marine ecosystem has special resonance for me,” says Dr. Wong. “I am excited to be part of this catalyst for growth at the Center, and the opportunity it provides to amplify our impact through integrating our scientific endeavors and educational engagements. I am excited to join with our visitors and communities in becoming wildlife advocates.”

The Chief Science and Education Officer will be part of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s senior management team and serve as staff liaison to the Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Wong will start in her new role December 6, 2021.

About ASLC 

Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a 501(c)(3), non-profit research institution and public aquarium in Seward, Alaska. The Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit www.alaskasealife.org.

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