Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Team

Patrick Berry – Senior Vice President/COO
Patrick has worked with marine mammals as a trainer, husbandry coordinator, supervisor of training, curator, director of animal management and director of animal programs in the United States, the Bahamas, and French Polynesia (Tahiti) over the last 24 years. 

His broad experiences in the field range from research with cetaceans including physiological studies which have been published, to husbandry, interactive training, open ocean training, film work in a variety of genre with dolphins, transport and handling, show presentation and lectures. He has worked and managed marine mammal facilities from the smallest of parks to most recently having been employed by one of the largest and most successful amusement park companies in the world. He and his family are enjoying being back near the ocean.

Stacy DiDonatoEducation Coordinator
From 1998-2012 Stacy was actively involved in Gulfarium’s Animal Department as a marine mammal trainer and supervisor. She was honored when management appointed her as Education Coordinator, and she looks forward to creating innovative educational programming.  She is a south Florida native and found her way to the Emerald Coast in 1995 where she resides with her husband and son.
Mary Kate NorthupOperations Manager
As a native to the Emerald Coast, Mary Kate remembers spending time enjoying the Gulfarium as a child. After spending several years in the animal care profession and graduating from the University of West Florida, she is excited to join the Gulfarium team and share her passion for conservation and the natural world. 

Evan Gibson – Director of Facility Maintenance
A transplant from Oklahoma, Evan has been with Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park since 2006.  He is a jack of all trades and his common reply to requests is, "That won’t be a problem."

Bryan Martin - Director of Animal Management

Bryan has trained and cared for a variety of animals in zoological settings. After completing his Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology, he started his career as an animal trainer in the Northeast. Wanting a unique challenge, his next move was training California sea lions on the west coast. After 6 years, he made the leap to care for multiple species such as sea otters, beluga whales, harbor seals, sea lions and penguins. Bryan has joined the Gulfarium Team as one of the Supervisors of Animal Training. He is passionate about animal care, training and public education. He is a Bostonian at heart but is excited to be here on the Emerald Coast.

Dr. Rebecca Wells, DVM - Veterinarian 

Rebecca has been working with marine animals for the past 18 years.  She studied the reproductive biology of sharks as a research assistant in order to provide information to help develop conservation guidelines in the fishery industry.  After volunteering with rehabilitation of sea turtles and stranded dolphins and whales, she went back to school and earned her Master’s degree developing molecular diagnostic tests to identify viruses in dolphins and whales.  Rebecca earned her veterinary degree from the University of Florida and became part of the Gulfarium’s veterinary team in 2006.  She oversees the preventative health program for all the animals residing at the Gulfarium and provides lifesaving medical care to the stranded sea turtles that are presented to the C.A.R.E. program. She has participated in health assessments of wild dolphin populations and helps teach two courses for Auburn veterinary students to introduce them to medical care of marine animals.

Graham Northup - Curator of Fish and Reptiles 

Graham is an Emerald Coast native who was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and has been working with animals in zoological settings for many years. He received his Associates degree in Zoo Animal Technology from Pensacola State College and his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of West Florida. He has a strong passion for working with a variety of commonly misunderstood animal species such as snakes, sharks and crocodilians, and educating people about the uniqueness of them, as well as the important roles they play in our environment. 


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