Heather Doyle has been appointed as the new director for Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

As director, Doyle will be in charge of the marine science center’s operations and fundraising.

She heads a staff of eight at the aquarium, which educates nearly 15,000 students and has approximately 70,000 visitors each year. The hands-on marine science center exhibits more than 100 species of marine life – all native to the Santa Monica Bay – including sharks and sting rays, octopus, the Pacific seahorse, many varieties of fish and a myriad tide pool animals in accessible touch tanks.

Doyle brings experience in senior nonprofit management through Junior Achievement and the Girl Scouts both in the United States and Europe. A native of South Dakota, Doyle comes from a family of science educators, as her father was a biology professor for over 37 years and her grandfather was a high school science teacher.

“We are very fortunate to have Heather Doyle join Heal the Bay’s staff as director of our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium,” said Todd Flora, chair of the aquarium’s advisory board and a member of Heal the Bay’s board of directors. “She brings expertise in community building, enthusiasm for and knowledge of marine biology and the ocean environment and a passion for science education that will serve the organization well.”