reefs magazine


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.
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.
Nathalie Winans is a former burned-out reefer and current reefbowl enthusiast. When not enjoying her reefbowl, she works as a social science researcher, creates and sells fine art, and indulges in various other hobbies. She thinks more people would love reefing if they set up vase, bowl, or jar reefs. Nathalie maintains a thread on her reefbowl at, where she writes under the username natalia_la_loca. Her artwork can be viewed at or by following @n.winans on Instagram.
Noel Heinsohn started his passion for marine life back in high-school: as far away from the ocean as possible... Iowa. Thanks to an Aquarium Science high-school program he attended for several years at Central Campus. While attending high school, he worked at the local zoo as their aquarist and at a local fish store. After high school, Noel attended Oregon Coast Community College for their aquarium science program to advance his knowledge. While in college he worked for Hatfield Marine Science center as an aquarist and interned for NOAA working with cold water aquaculture. For the last four years, he has been serving time at the Long Island Aquarium as their aquaculture aquarist. During this time he has raised 17 species, including the first captive bred anthias, and most recently the Lamarks angelfish. He currently cares for 38 of Long Islands exhibits including everything from Discus to Jellies. He is also the backup aquarist assigned to the aquariums 20,000 gallon reef tank whenever Joe Yaiullo isn’t around. Noel is a regular contributor to When Noel isn’t trying to rear fish, he is often reading comic books or playing with his dog, Samurai.
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.
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:
Tim Wijgerde Obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 2007, after which he became involved in coral research at Wageningen UR (The Netherlands). At present, he is completing his dissertation at Wageningen UR, which focuses on the role of heterotrophy in the growth and physiology of the scleractinian coral Galaxea fascicularis. He is also involved in a research project (FORCE, which addresses the effects of climate change and pollution on coral growth and survival. The project uses the Caribbean coral Porites porites to investigate the interactive effects of acidification and eutrophication. Recently, Tim has set up the first experimental coral nursery in The Netherlands together with EcoDeco BV. This project was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. See for more information.
Tim Morrissey is a senior aquarist at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. He started off in the aquarium hobby at a young age. He then went on to work in pet shops. In college he pursued a bachelor’s degree in aquaculture from Florida Institute of Technology. After bouncing around a bit, with stops including Shedd Aquarium and ORA, Tim landed at OHDZA, where he has been an active SECORE participant and has done some amazing work raising fish, most notably two species of Anthias for the 1st time. His primary role however is as a coral aquarist. His hobbies include dart frogs, and gardening, specifically daylilies. Any questions can be sent to:
Todd Gardner has been studying marine life since he was old enough to walk. He has an extensive background in marine sciences and has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. In 1993 he graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and marine science. After graduation he spent a year working for Blue Earth Films, assisting in the production of a National Geographic Explorer feature film about coastal marine life. Todd spent the next 3 years working at the world's largest marine ornamental fish hatchery, where he worked on developing technology for the production of new marine species. In 1998 Todd left commercial aquaculture to pursue a Master of Science degree in biology at New York's Hofstra University where he completed a thesis on the early nutrition of the lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus. Todd is currently working as an aquarist at Atlantis Marine World where he cares for a number of exhibit tanks, leads collecting expeditions, and continues his aquaculture research behind the scenes. In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life and plays in a blues band.