Victoria Dunch

Research Associate

Victoria Dunch serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Research Associate in Community Engagement. In this role, she helps teach conservation science to the middle and high school students who come through our Conservation Education Lab in the fall and spring. During the summer, she helps run our Teacher Workshops in Conservation Science, engaging science teachers from across the country. Before coming to the Institute, Victoria worked as a fundraiser for the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy.

Victoria is responsible for keeping the Conservation Education Lab up and running. She also works on revising our conservation education modules in order to keep them as current as possible.  Victoria regularly interacts with scientists in other divisions to so that she can interpret their work to our student and teacher program participants and provide informational tours of the Beckman Center to visitors.

Victoria earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Smith College, with a minor in Marine Science. She had the opportunity to intern with two NOAA facilities and spent a summer teaching a youth marine science camp in Belize. In the future, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in conservation and environmental science.