Brian Cook is an artist and graphic designer from South Florida, presently living in New York City. He is pursuing his graduate degree in the History of Art at Hunter College and is currently employed in the Writing and Tutorial Center at the Pratt Institute. In March of 2014, he finally started up his first 20 gallon reef tank, learning much from many of the best hobbyists in the country.
Bruce York has been in the reef hobby since June 2006 when his wife gave him a 30 gallon tank for their anniversary. Bruce’s current 150g system has received many awards including the Washington Area Marine Society - September 2014 TOTM, Reef Central’s Reef Keeping Magazine - May 2015 TOTM, and Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine Featured Tank - March 2016. The current 150g follows the initial 30g gift, a 90g reef that caught fire (a total loss), and a 120g that had the bottom pane crack (another total loss). No, his wife has not divorced him (yet). He has a beautiful family including his patient wife and 3 children. In his professional life Bruce investigates defects in automobiles for NHTSA and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in mechanical engineering.
C.M. Schwim Biography pending
David Bowers is Marine Biology and Coral Reef Ecology instructor at Bellevue High School in Ohio.
Josh Saul is a consultant for Fortune 500 finance and banking companies. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 15 years and has been SCUBA diving for over 20. He spends his spare time planning dive trips, designing websites, DJing, and finding new and exciting ways to flood his apartment.
Lemon TeaYK is a Singaporean aquarist with a deep interest for reef fish. His passion and pursuit for rare and exotic fish species has fueled his travels all across Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and the United States, where he’s seen firsthand some of the best private home collections anywhere. His travels have allowed him to meet and talk to a myriad of industry experts, divers with niche specialization as well as relevant authorities of their respective fields, which bides his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He is also an accomplished photographer and his photos are often used in magazines, books and other publications. At 22, Lemon is one of the youngest minds of the industry with a well-traveled repertoire and a deep understanding and knowledge on his expertise. Although well versed in other aspects of the hobby, his interests primarily lie in fish and he’s currently the senior editor for that department on ReefBuilders.
Randy Donowitz has been keeping aquariums most of his life. During the mid 1980s and 90s he was consumed with the breeding of African Cichlids. In 1994 he purchased his first marine system- a simple 55 gallon reef setup and he has been an incurable coralholic ever since. Randy's articles have appeared in numerous hobbyist publications including Aquarium Frontiers, Advanced Aquarist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual and Aquarium Fish magazine. Currently, he curates and maintains the 3 system, 700 gallon coral reef display at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys the privilege of sharing his knowledge and love of the hobby with students, staff, and community members from around the Tri-State area.
Rich Ross is a Senior Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences where he cultures and cares for exotic cephalopods, fish & coral, participates in ongoing field work on coral spawning, animal collection & transport, and manages tropical saltwater displays including the 212,000 Philippine Coral Reef exhibit. He is a prolific writer and dynamic speaker, authoring academic papers and a catalogue of articles on aquarium and reef related educational topics including his Skeptical Reefkeeping series which focuses on critical thinking, responsibility and ethics of aquarium keeping. His work has been covered by mainstream media outlets including Scientific American, National Geographic, Penn’s Sunday School and Fox News. Richard has kept saltwater animals for over 25 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail, wholesale and has consulted for a coral farm/fish collecting station in the South Pacific. Before working in the animal world was a professional Juggler and corporate presentation script writer. He is an avid underwater photographer/videographer and has been fortunate to scuba dive many of the worlds reefs. At home he cares for a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 gallon cephalopod/fish breeding system, a hairless dog, 2 hairless cats, 2 geckos and 6 chickens. When not doing all that stuff, he enjoys glass blowing, juggling, horseback riding, mixed martial arts, exercising his philosophy degree, spending time with his fabulous daughter and his incredibly generous, intelligent, gorgeous and patient wife.
Richard Aspinall has worked in the conservation field for over two decades and has been photographing the underwater world since he learnt to dive seven years ago. Richard is now a freelance writer and photographer and works for a number of magazines. Richard is also the editor of UltraMarine Magazine, the UK’s premier magazine for marine aquarists . Richard also shoots the world above the water line and runs another photography and journalism business: Aspinallink along with his wife Angela, he is based in Yorkshire, England. See more at: www.triggerfishphotography.com www.aspinallink.co.uk