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Tracy Romano, Ph.D. (tromano@MysticAquarium.org)

My research focuses on “stress” including environmental stressors (e.g. exposure to noise; changing environmental temperatures) and the impact on aquatic animal health and human health. At Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, we have the ability to set up controlled studies given our collection of marine mammals, fish and invertebrates; are able to study stranded marine mammals that we rescue and rehabilitate; and are studying multiple marine animals in the wild using their environment as a “living laboratory”. The integrated aquatic animal health research program at the aquarium brings together the disciplines of immunology, infectious disease and veterinary science to learn as much as we can about the health status of marine animals, what factors impact their health as well as ways to “boost” the immune system and maintain health. Our current studies in oceans and human health focus on the impact of marine origin Brucella on multiple marine species worldwide and the impact on human health. We are also participating in a study looking at beluga whales as indicators of climate change. Specifically, we are investigating impacts on wild beluga health such as immune status, general overall health and disease exposure as well as implications on human health for the people that rely on belugas as a food source.

For more information on the Research Program at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration visit www.mysticaquarium.org/index.cgi/1323.