Joe Rowlett

Joe is classically trained in the zoological arts and sciences, with a particular focus on the esoterica of invertebrate taxonomy and evolution. He’s written for several aquarium publications and for many years lorded over the marinelife at Chicago’s venerable Old Town Aquarium. He currently studies prairie insect ecology at the Field Museum of Natural History and fish phylogenetics at the University of Chicago.

Recent Blog Posts

Monday Archives: Fluorescent Fairy Wrasses

Monday Archives: Fluorescent Fairy Wrasses

In the ocean, longer wavelengths of light (i.e. red) are quickly filtered out, so that with increasing depth the red pigmentation of marine life takes on increasingly inky tones. This provides excellent camouflage in the darkness and is why so many deeper-water...

Top Ten Reef Finds Of 2018

Top Ten Reef Finds Of 2018

It’s mid-December, which means that it’s finally time to recap the year in coral reefs. 2018 brought with it an embarrassment of riches when it came to juicy reef discoveries. There were plenty of strange corals sighted, along with an overwhelming variety of newly described fishes, but I’ll be featuring those in separate posts.

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