Board of Directors: Bios

 

President & Chief Marine Scientist – Dr. Kevin Erickson:

Dr. Kevin Erickson is an experienced aquatic biologist with professional and educational experiences in multiple global settings. Personally he has kept many FOWLR tanks as well as reef tanks.  He has been a member of many marine aquarium clubs around North America and the world, and has been a MASNA board member since 2010.

Applicable Educational Experience
2017, Ph.D. Marine Ornamental Biosecurity, Central Queensland University
2011, M.S. Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Stirling
2008, Professional Certificate, Aquarium Science, Oregon Coast Community College
2007, B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology

Aquarium Societies (Past / Present)
TCMAS – Twin Cities Marine Aquarium Society,
BARS – Brevard Area Reef Society,
PNWMAS – Pacific Northwest Marine Aquarium Society,
MASQ – Marine Aquarium Society of Queensland,
MASRQ – Marine Aquarium Society of Regional Queensland.

Vice President – Available

 

Secretary General – Bryce Risley:

Bryce Risley is a biological and social scientist pursing dual master’s degrees at the University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences. Bryce is dedicated to working on challenges related to coral reef conservation including challenges facing the marine aquarium industry. His current work focuses on the marine aquarium trade supply chain between Sri Lanka and the United States. He constructed a marine ornamental aquaculture wet lab at UMaine where he mentors undergraduates on aquaculture related research. His professional work in the marine aquarium industry includes public aquarium positions in animal husbandry and life support. He is a passionate reef aquarist among many other things. Reach out to learn more!

Applicable Educational Experience
2020, M.S. Marine Biology, M.S. Marine Policy, University of Maine
2014, B.S. Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico

IMG_0539 Treasurer – Christine Rowe:

Christine’s love of the reef began in 2000 on a snorkeling expedition to Key West, Florida.  Today, she has a 180 gallon and a 120 gallon mixed reef while her son maintains his own 29 gallon nanotank.

Meanwhile, Christine recently celebrated her 20th year as the Office Manager of a small specialty accounting firm in the beautiful foothills of Central Virginia giving her the chance to pass on her accounting knowledge to the Board of Directors as Treasurer of MASNA.

Director of Conservation – Tim Lyons, M.S.:

Tim Lyons is an ecologist specializing in aquatic species. He currently works for The New Mexico BioPark Society in a collaborative partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature where he develops conservation planning for priority fishes at risk of extinction. His past research includes invasion ecology of lionfishes in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, and the ecology of freshwater fish invasions in Florida. Tim spent two years at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, where he oversaw a research greenhouse and contributed to the advancement of marine and freshwater ornamental aquaculture protocols. He is an avid aquarist and diver.

Applicable Educational Experience
2018, M.S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
2016, B.S. Marine Science, University of Florida

Aquarium Societies (Past / Present)
ARK- Albuquerque Reef Keepers
TBRC- Tampa Bay Reef Club
GRC- Gainesville Reef Club
FMAS- Florida Marine Aquarium Society

Exhibitor & Industry Relations – Kory Enneking:

Kory Enneking has been in the marine aquarium hobby for 8 years and hopes to bring the hobby and research communities together to further both sectors. He is currently a masters student at UNCW studying coral disease dynamics in Caribbean. Over the past three years he has assisted in coral spawning initiatives throughout the Bahamas and Belize. He has worked closely with SECORE, Perry Institute of Marine Science, The Atlantis Resort, and The Smithsonian on these different projects. Kory is overseeing the development of a land based coral spawning system at UNCW. This work is in part with Florida Fish and Wildlife for long term storage of corals threatened by diseases seen in Florida.

Applicable Educational Experience
2020, M.S. Marine Biology, UNC Wilmington
2017, B.S. Marine Biology, UNC Wilmington

Director at Large – Les Wilson:

Les Wilson is a life long hobbyist and one of the founding partners of Cobalt Aquatics, overseeing Marketing, Product Development, and Sourcing. In Cobalt’s first 8 years, Les’s projects at Cobalt have redefined fish nutrition category with the Cobalt Probiotic Flakes and have won numerous industry awards for their innovative products like the Neo-Therm heaters, and CA Mysis frozen foods. He also brought Fishgeek level products like the Egg Rockers and
Original MJ powerheads to the US hobby.

Prior to founding Cobalt, Les spent 17 years with United Pet Group aquatics as an aquatic biologist and Director of Marketing for the Equipment and Consumables group, responsible for the Marineland, Tetra, Instant Ocean, and Jungle brands and private label projects in those categories. Les personally brought to market many of the projects you know today, including his favorites Marineland’s LED lighting, Bio-Spira Nitrifying bacteria, Corner flow tanks, and the Deep dimension aquariums. Les has also served 3 terms on the World Pet Association (WPA) Board of Directors as the chair of the Aquatics Committee and was the founding chairman of WPA’s Aquatic Experience show.

Les has also served one year on the Marine Aquarium Society of North America’s (MASNA) MACNA Planning committee and has just started his second term as the Director at Large for the MASNA Board of Directors, which manages the annual MACNA show and conference.

Les regularly speaks on fish related topics at hobbyist clubs and associations around the country and has been a featured speaker at the American Cichlid Association (ACA) annual conference, multiple American Liver Bearers Association (ALA) annual conferences, HH Backer Pet trade show industry expert seminars and panels, and has been a judge at the Aquarama International Guppy Competition. Keeping to his fishgeek roots, Les is a member of multiple fish organizations including, ACA, ALA, MASNA, and Florida Fancy Guppy Association.

Director at Large – Larry Blighton

Growing up on the coast of Florida has always fueled Larry’s desire to learn as much as possible about the ocean and all things in it. While serving 20 years in the military (Navy) he has keep both freshwater Tropical’s and Reef tanks, he has also had the opportunity to have traveled the world and visited some great aquariums which even furthered his desire to become more involved in all aspects of the hobby. He has attended the last 5 MACNA’s and has served three years on the Marine Aquarium Society of North America’s (MASNA) MACNA Planning committee.