we have had a reply beck from Daniel Knop and unfortunately he will not make it to IMACSA 2010 as an invited speaker, he does however send all his best to everyone involved in the hobby here in S.A.
We are still awaiting a reply from Sylvia Earle.
We are left with a gap for a speaker and I wanted to put some feelers out.
here is a list or some Highly recommended speakers ,perhaps we could attach a poll to this thread and get an idea of who South African reefers would like to hear speak at a conference and topics that would interest "us"
I would like to thank Anthony Calfo for all the wonderful suggestions.
of the Omaha Zoo and Aquarium (hilariously dry wit... very good personality on both sides of the posium). Has had corals planulate in his zoo tanks, he's the most successful member of the SEACORE project (hand rearing thousands of endangered Acropora palmata corals), has experience building massive reef displays in all capacities, and fine work with lesser but awesome species such as garden eels, scorpaenids, etc. He's capable of doing a wide range of topics
Dr. Bruice Carlson
.. legendary. And may be great fun to detail his old experiences rearing rare angelfishes, nautiluses, endemic shrimps as well as current events at the GA AQ
- breeding puffers, breeding seahorses, all marine fish pathology. registered nurse with about a dozen other accreditations applied to aquatic health science
l - 30 year research on coral fluorescence and the many ways this applies to surveys in the wild, ID of species in aquaria, functions of reef lighting, etc. Phenomenal eye candy
Dr. Frank Marini
- world leading stem cell researcher, one of first to breed Banggai cardinals, spawned lionfishes, anglerfishes, wolf eels, zebra morays, etc. Very experienced marine breeder. Advanced, bit dry but excellent content
... world renowned deep water diver, stunning rare species photography... hard to get though.
- down-home aquarist type with public aquarium life experience. Expertise in: Abiotic Life Support for Coral Systems: Comparison of hobbyist and public aquarium systems i.e., coral reef tank filtration systems FISHH (Fishes Ill-Suited for Home Hobbyists) focusing on large fishes commonly available in the pet trade.
... outstanding personality (friend too), extremely giving of industry s-called secret knowledge. Commercial phyto manufacturer, details home live food culture, seahorse breeding, coral and fish nutrition and many more topics.
.. wild aquarist, incredibly funny. Works well with me (Anthony) in coral propagation workshops, other lecture topics include: Care and Propagation of Goniopora, Fusion and Grafting in Corals
Skimmerless Coral Propagation Systems, and Growing coral with LED's
- fish breeding expert
- reef lighting guru
please let us know what you think ASAP so we can start contacting speakers