Heidi de Maine

Heidi is a Marine Biologist who started in the public aquarium industry as an aquarist and now consults to the zoo and aquarium community, creating immersive experiences through interpretation. She has also written a series of children's books about the aquarium and fish world called "Abby's Aquarium Adventures".

Recent Blog Posts

How to draw fish

Ever wanted to learn to draw fish? Well, there's a class that you can take on June 30. Maui-based artist Maggie Sutrov will teach us some tips and tricks for drawing fish - no previous experience necessary. This class filled to capacity last time, so be sure to...

Corals beating climate change…to a point

Corals beating climate change…to a point

WARNING! Some coral reef systems could face irreversible damage if the world is warmed up by more than 1.5°C. This is what a recent UN Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said.  In 2018, they reported that a 2ºC or more increase would mean...

Aquarium nerdalicious!

Aquarium nerdalicious!

Most people have hobbies: knitting, gardening, woodwork, crochet, leatherwork, metalwork, 3D printing…there are endless options.  Nobody beats an aquarium nerd though!  Look at these items you can buy to show others how much you love your aquarium. First, you have the...

DNA to ID public aquarium corals

DNA to ID public aquarium corals

In the past 30 years, marine heatwaves are estimated to have increased by more than 50%. Ocean temperatures are predicted to increase by 1 - 4° C by 2100. These changes cause the loss of marine habitats and species and change the structure of ecosystems. Luckily, the...

An Event for the Family

An Event for the Family

Marine Science Day, 4 June 2022 This FREE family event at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, VA, has something for everyone. Events and activities are in person and online so that nobody is left out! There will be science talks, lab...

AI Underwater

AI Underwater

Snapshot of a reef survey from YouTube: https://youtu.be/_saAgo2OmXg?t=2 Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer or a robot to do tasks that are usually done by humans. A few decades ago, it may have seemed like a sci-fi movie, but these days, we...

Breeding and Rearing Coral Reef Fish

Breeding and Rearing Coral Reef Fish

Coral reef photo by Petr Kratochvil Biodiversity is the green word of the decade.  It’s not something new, it’s just something that someone gave a catchy name to.  Bio- for biological (fauna and flora) and “diversity” is the variety… of plant and animal life. Simple,...

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