Lissa Mann
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    Lissa Mann is a Real Scientist™; and has been keeping reef aquaria for five years. She enjoys pina coladas and long discussions about evolutionary theory.

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Featured Hobbyist: Lissa Mann

Featured Hobbyist: Lissa Mann

RM: You have an interesting career want to tell us about it? LM: I am working on my Ph.D. in paleontology and I am also an adjunct at a college. I’ve worked at field sites in China, Kenya and Tanzania. Most of what I do in the field is surface collecting, which...

Fish Tales: MR Swap News

Fish Tales: MR Swap News

By Lissa Mann November 23, 2008 Manhattan Reefs held its annual Fall Frag Swap at Pace University in downtown Manhattan. As usual, it was a star-studded event full of education, socialization, and consumerism. Sixteen vendors took over the space with displays of...

Photographing the Reef

By Lissa Mann Photography is perhaps not the most important part of reefkeeping, but it is definitely part of the fun. Most reef sites have an active photography forum for sharing photographs of all of the aquatic life we try to keep. A camera is also an important...

Moving A Saltwater Aquarium

Moving A Saltwater Aquarium

By Lissa Mann In June of this year, I helped a friend move his many saltwater fish tanks. It took over twenty hours to move both his stuff and his fish from Manhattan to his new house in New Jersey. That was the moving experience I was reflecting upon when I made the...

Coral Form: Revisited 1

Coral Form: Revisited 1

When this blog was in its infancy, I posted a few photos in a series I'm thinking of as my "anti-LED" series, where instead of popping the colors of corals, I take them all away to better appreciate the beauty of their form. Here is my newest addition. Camera specs:...

Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea

Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea

Locals and tourists relax by the shores of the Mediterranean in Barcelona.A few weeks ago, my fellow blogger posted about the new reef discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. I think that this is truly amazing, and I'm disappointed that so many of the articles have not...

Coral Reef Adaptation and Evolution

Coral Reef Adaptation and Evolution

Jon Robbins recently posted his response to this article about the trends in reef building corals. My co-blogger got stuck on the idea of hybrid acros, but I thought I'd talk about some of the other aspects of this study that was recently published in Proceedings of...

Nom nom nom…

Nom nom nom…

We are approaching that time in New York City where it is warm enough to take to our own local waters in search of life for our tanks.  Dom scraped this starfish off of a dock a couple of years ago.  The local starfish are extremely temperature sensitive and must be...

Coral Sperm Banks?  Really?

Coral Sperm Banks? Really?

My fellow blogger recently posted this link about the efforts of an Australian team to free coral sperm, egg and embryos as a conservation strategy. I think this kind of conservation strategy is akin to captive breeding programs that seek to breed endangered animals...

The Naming of Fish

The Naming of Fish

There are new species of fish being discovered all the time.  In the last year alone, the discovery of a new species of fish living at extreme depths in the South Pacific, nine new species of handfish (a group related to anglerfish) off the coast of Australia, and two...