Our Contributors - Fall 2012
Amanda Davidson writes, teaches and makes performances, in Brooklyn and online at partedinthemiddle.wordpress.com. Her chapbook, 40,000 Acres of Water, is forthcoming this fall on New Herring Press.
Brian Cook - Art Director - 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 currently employed at the Pratt Institute's Writing and Tutorial Center.
James Fatherree is a science instructor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. He has been keeping marine aquariums for 20 years, and has spent many days diving in Florida, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Japan, and Indonesia, too. In the past, he also managed an aquarium store, owned and operated an aquarium installation and maintenance business, and worked for an aquarium livestock collector/wholesaler in Florida. James has also published over 250 articles in various aquarium magazines in the U.S. and Europe, and has written and illustrated several books on the topics of reef organisms and marine aquariums, the latest of which is Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium. For more about the author, visit his homepage at www.fatherree.com/james, or look him up on Facebook.
Josh Saul is a consultant for Fortune 500 finance and banking companies. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 13 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. He is married with two children and lives in Manhattan.
Lissa Mann - Art Direction - 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.
Paul Whitby is originally from the UK, but now resides in Oklahoma USA. While in the UK, he received his Doctorate in the microbiology of fish diseases, specifically diseases of fish with high economic importance and has published several articles in this field as well as medical microbiology. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma where he specializes in the microbiology of pediatric infectious diseases. Paul is the current President of the Central Oklahoma Marine Aquarium Society (COMAS) and has had several articles published in Reef Keeping online magazine and ReefBuilders. He has published several articles on COMAS, the development of a captive propagation program to conserve coral species, pests and parasites in marine aquaria as well as numerous reviews. In October 2007 his SPS dominated display tank was selected as Reef Keeping Magazine's Tank of the Month. Paul has presented several marine aquarium related seminars at local clubs and conferences including Oklahoma's CRASE, Reef Fest, ReefStock, NERAC, IMAC west and others. He has been keeping saltwater aquariums for over 22 years and has owned a variety of tanks ranging from under 30 to in excess of 600 gallons. His current system, including filtration, is over 1,000 gallons.
Randy Donowitz - Senior Editor - has been keeping aquariums most of his life. The mid 1980s and 90s 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 has been keeping saltwater animals for over 20 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail aquarium stores, and marine wholesalers and is currently an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences. He is a writer/photographer for Advanced Aquarist, Reef Hobbyist Magazine and C the Journal of Aquatic Science, Travel and Adventure. He has been a crew member at wet web media and is currently a Site Administrator at Reefs.org. When not working or squeezing his family, or shooting video underwater, he maintains a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 cephalopod culture system in his home
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
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.”