Todd Gardner

Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.

Recent Blog Posts

Monday Archives: A Closer Look at the Snakefish

Monday Archives: A Closer Look at the Snakefish

Congratulations to Jeffho13 for correctly identifying the snakefish last week.  As promised, here is some more information on the ecology of Trachinocephalus myops. The snakefish Trachinocephalus myops is found worldwide in warm and temperate coastal waters, from the...

Monday Archives: Closing in on Captive Angels

Monday Archives: Closing in on Captive Angels

It’s been an eventful year for the advancement of aquaculture, particularly for angelfishes. For the first time since the 1970s we’ve seen Pomacanthid angelfishes reared in intensive culture conditions. My colleagues at the Florida Aquaculture Laboratory, in...

Coastal Collecting Log: Staying out of trouble

Coastal Collecting Log: Staying out of trouble

It’s easy to forget, when you’re out on the water with nets, buckets and aerators that the laws regulating the take of food and game fish apply to you just as they apply to an angler with a rod and reel. While it’s true that in most states, excluding Florida and...

Coastal Collecting Log: Skimming off the top

Coastal Collecting Log: Skimming off the top

For an avid fish collector with a young child and no boat, life can sometimes be frustrating. I am limited to a small number of access points like public beaches and fishing piers, and once I’m there, getting to where the real treasures are can be problematic....

A visit to Seahorse Savvy

A visit to Seahorse Savvy

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting one of the world’s premier seahorse aquaculture facilities: Seahorse Savvy, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The visit materialized when I realized that a pilgrimage to my homeland of Long Island would take me within a few...

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