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Aliah Meza

Aliah Meza

Operations Manager, San Luis Obispo Operations

Locations like San Simeon along the Central Coast are incredible places to view resting seals, especially northern elephant seals during pupping season. This special bonding time with mom is critical for a pup’s survival, so I’m proud of our work to encourage people to view them from a safe distance.

Aliah Meza began her career at The Marine Mammal Center in 2016 as a Rescue and Response Intern at the San Luis Obispo triage facility. Later in 2017, she joined the staff at The Marine Mammal Center where she has held various roles supporting ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, research and education. As the Operations Manager, Aliah manages overall operations of the San Luis Obispo office and leads the Operations Coordinator and more than 100 volunteers.

Previously, Aliah volunteered at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach for three years, where she learned how to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals in need.

Aliah received her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Residing in San Luis Obispo, California, Aliah enjoys watching movies at the drive-in with her family and friends.


Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation Education
  • Volunteer Management
  • Facility Management
  • Program Management



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