Wendi Fellner

Disney's The Living Seas at Epcot, Orlando, FL

November, 2002 to Present

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (working with Dr. Heidi Harley). Prepare for and conduct research sessions with the resident collection of dolphins and rehabilitating manatees. Also responsible for stimuli creation, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and inter-departmental communication with training and education departments as well as visiting research groups. Current research projects include spatial memory, object permanence, rhythmicity in dolphins, vocal communication, hearing assessment, and effects of training releasable manatees.

Dolphin Research Center, Marathon, FL

February, 2001 to November, 2002

RESEARCH COORDINATOR. Conduct research sessions with DRC's resident dolphins, both interactive and observational. Collect observational data on mother-calf interactions. Maintain all data, records, and research equipment. Member of the Research Oversight Committee.

US Navy Marine Mammal Program, San Diego, CA

September to December, 2000

ANIMAL CARE & TRAINING INTERN. Worked with dolphins, sea lions, and a beluga whale in husbandry, research, and open water sessions. Also responsible for animal support and facility maintenance tasks.

Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

February, 1998 to September, 2000

MANATEE TRAINER. Began as a volunteer, and was hired in May 1999. Trained two Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus) in basic husbandry and research behaviors using operant conditioning techniques. Trained behaviors included stationing, providing voluntary blood and urine samples and core temperature measurements, swimming into a stretcher, and performing behaviors for a visual discrimination task. Duties included conducting training sessions, assisting with experimental design, preparing food, and entering data.

STRANDED ANIMAL CARE SENIOR HANDLER VOLUNTEER. Provide care for sick or injured dolphins and small whales during their rehabilitation. Duties include providing physical support, monitoring respiration and heart rates, keeping detailed behavior log, feeding (including oral medications), monitoring water quality, and assisting staff members. Species encountered: rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis), pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps), pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and beaked whale (species unknown).

New College, Department of Psychology, Sarasota, FL

August, 1998 to September, 2000

RESEARCH ASSISTANT. Duties included creating databases for entry and preliminary analysis. Specific research involved signature whistles, imitation, and cross-modal representation in bottlenose dolphins. Other duties included assisting in preparation of grant proposals, conducting library searches and general research, and creating and managing a filing system.

K-9 Kampground, Palmetto, FL

November, 1996 to August, 1997

PET THERAPY VOLUNTEER. Brought my pet dogs to local nursing homes and retirement centers for visits with residents who could no longer care for pets of their own.

Morrison International, Inc., Sarasota, FL

September, 1993 to August, 1997

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT. Assisted CEO, President, and Director of Operations at small startup company. Created and implemented a structured purchasing system, reorganized the filing system, assumed additional duties of purchasing agent, insurance administrator, and desktop publisher.

Country Kitchen, Ames, IA

August, 1989 to September, 1993

ASSISTANT MANAGER. Duties included scheduling, payroll, daily cash reconciliation and deposit, supervision of 30 employees, and ensuring customer satisfaction at this family style restaurant.


Certified in SCUBA, First Aid, and CPR

Proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Photoshop, Illustrator, and QuarkExpress.

Knowledgeable in SAS


American Psychological Association

International Marine Animal Trainers Association

Society of Marine Mammalogy

Student Chapter of the Society of Marine Mammalogy

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