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Michelle L. Berman, M. A.
Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
Department of Vertebrate Zoology 

Mailing address:
Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA

Phone: 805-682-4711 ext. 156
FAX: 805-569-3170
email: mberman(AT)


Michelle is the Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and has been with the Museum since 2000. She received her BS from Colorado State University where she first gained marine mammal experience during an internship at Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. After completing her Masters studying lipid metabolism in fasting Steller sea lions at the University of Central Florida she returned to California. She participated with both the California and Florida Marine Mammal Stranding Networks previously and now is back with the CMMSN as the cetacean stranding coordinator for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Michelle’s main research interests include bio-surveillance, life history and epidemiology of dead cetaceans through examination of specimens collected from beached whales, dolphins and porpoises. In addition, she curates regional mammals, marine mammals, and herps for the museum’s research collection.


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