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.
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.
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.
Robert Loren is a 17-year old high school student who attends Southampton High School in Long Island, NY. As a child, Robert was captivated by his father’s 72-gallon Amazon River aquarium, and wanted one of his own. At the age of 10, he had his first freshwater system. As expected, Robert evolved, and became interested in saltwater aquariums, coral reefs specifically. It was then that he realized he wanted to pursue a career in Marine Biology. Although busy with schoolwork, Robert has been devoting his weekends to volunteering at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium since he was 14 years old.
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.
Dr. Chris Maupin (Ph.D.) is an expert on the use of ICP-OES instrumentation for analyses of natural waters and carbonate materials, with experience spanning the past decade. He has been an ICP-OES operator, supervisor, and technician at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He has and continues to periodically serve as an unpaid technical consultant for the ICP-OES laboratory at the United States Geological Survey Center for Coastal Research. He is currently a Research Associate and Facilities Manager for the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facility at Texas A&M University.
Scott W. Michael is an internationally recognized writer, underwater photographer, and researcher that specializes in elasmobranchs (i.e., sharks, skates and rays) and coral reef fishes. He has written eleven books on the behavioral ecology and aquarium husbandry of marine organisms and his articles regularly appear in many international publications. Scott was the 1999 MASNA award winner. He has been keeping marine fishes for more than 35 years, with many years of extensive involvement in the marine aquarium industry, including a period of retail store ownership. Scott resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Janine Cairns-Michael (a displaced New Zealander and accomplished underwater photographer) and his golden retriever “Bella.”
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.
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.
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.
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.