Leadership at
Birch Aquarium

Harry Helling

Harry Helling is the executive director of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Since stepping into the role in 2015, he has introduced a new and expansive vision for the future of the aquarium, opened seven major exhibits and embraced a new mission: to connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet. 

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The staff members overseeing day-to-day operations and supporting the goals of the director and the institution.

Advisory Board

A high-level group of prominent individuals who provide advice, assistance and support to Birch Aquarium and its director.