event overview

IMATA's better in the Bahamas


43rd Annual IMATA Conference
27 September - 2 October 2015

With the lure of a big city and the ease of tropical utopia, Nassau & Paradise Island are considered by many as, well, paradise. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is a bustling metropolitan hub full of culture and modern amenities. To the north lies Paradise Island. Its name tells you everything. It’s 685-acres of pure euphoria, developed almost exclusively to delight and accommodate visitors. The island boasts resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, nightlife, a golf course, an aquarium and a casino.

Brad AndrewsKeynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker this year is Brad F. Andrews, Chief Zoological Officer, Zoological Operations SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc.

Brad Andrews, Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, is responsible for all Sea World/Busch Gardens parks' animal programs, including husbandry, breeding, training, beached animal rescue programs, education and transportation and acquisition procedures.

Andrews began his Sea World career in 1987 as Associate Curator for Sea World of California.  He started working with marine mammals in 1972 at Marineland of the Pacific, later becoming General Curator at that marine life park.  During his 15-year tenure there, he showed remarkable abilities for animal care and personnel leadership.

He holds a biology/chemistry degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.  Andrews is a Board member of Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, Wildlife Alliance, International Elephant Foundation, International Rhino Foundation, Cheetah Conservation Fund, African Carnivore Research Association, Global Conservation Network, and United States Rugby Foundation.  He serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Past- chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Past-president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Past-president of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, a member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, the International Wild Waterfowl Association, the Society of Marine Mammalogists, and the European Association for Aquatic Mammals.