Dominick Cirigliano has been an animal-related hobbyist for over 20 years with his first dedicated marine tank in the early 1990's. His interest in animals began at a young age as a direct result of his father's passion for box turtles. A good friend and neighbor introduced Dominick to the marine world and shortly after he became fascinated with local species which dominated his initial marine aquariums. Dominick's career focuses on marketing new and established brands for Healthcare products and Consumer Packaged Goods. His interests outside of the hobby include softball and other outdoor activities.
Jake Adams is a professional aquarist living in Golden, Colorado and he has written numerous articles and given many presentations on marine aquarium topics. Jake is the founder and organizer of the ReefStock conference and he is the senior editor of ReefBuilders.com, the popular daily reef aquarium news website that draws over 5000 visitors a day.
James Passantino started reef-keeping in 2000 and kept one or more tanks until 2005 when he sold/gave away his belongings and took his meager savings to travel the Americas for a year after getting his master’s degree in Ed. Psych. He currently works as a middle school teacher in Brooklyn, NY and started up his new nano-reef late last year. He loves eating and drinking to excess, traveling, writing, SCUBA diving, rock climbing and experiencing anything new to him. He doesn’t love anchovies, mushrooms or carnies.
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.
Lissa Mann has been keeping saltwater fish for a mere six years and thinks reef tanks are a cruel mistress. She currently has a 75g mixed reef saltwater aquarium. When she is not putting her hands in her tank, she is attempting to do Real Science in order to pay for her expensive hobbies. She also enjoys taking photos now and again.
Matt Wandell is an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He has been an avid reefkeeping hobbyist since 1999 and completed his BS in Marine Biology from UC Davis in 2004. When he's not feeding his anthias 6 times a day, he is busy maintaining the Aquarium's 200,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef exhibit.
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.
Sanjay Joshi in real life is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. He has been a reef addict since 1992, and currently keeps several reef aquariums at home including a 500G SPS coral dominated reef. He also co-manages the 500G aquarium at Penn State. He has published several articles in magazines such as Marine Fish and Reef Annual, Aquarium Frontiers, Aquarium Fish, and Advanced Aquarist. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at several marine aquarium society meetings in the US and Europe. He received the MASNA award in 2006, for his contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.
Simon Garratt has been keeping reefs and fish only setups since he was around 12yrs old. He writes articles for UK Magazines like Ultramarine magazine, and various online sources, and is a frequent presenter at hobbyist events around the UK. Currently, he is growing out a new 490 gallon in wall Maldivian theme set up, experimenting with a high proportion of fake/home grown live rock. When he is not reefing he is likely out touring the countryside on his motorcycle.
Janine Tirone is a brooding, twenty-something perpetual student who has been keeping animals of various phylum for her entire life, most of which she caught in the back woods of her parent's Long Island home. Cursing herself for pursuing a career in the arts rather than veterinary medicine, Janine is finishing her BFA in Photography and Art History at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she assists fish whisperer/coral guru Randy Donowitz with his large reef systems. She maintains a small mixed reef in her apropos, artist mandated loft apartment, because rigorous course loads do not allow time for her to keep her one true love, the cephalopod, as a roommate. When not reefing or sleeping, Janine can be found hiding in Pratt's ambiguous chemistry lab performing various experiments (for fun!) or reading about her mistresses: biochemistry and molecular physics. Or you could just see her wandering the metropolis of New York city trying to pet other people's dogs.