Matt is a Biologist for the Steinhart Aquarium.
Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. My role at the aquarium is to care for a wide range of aquatic animals, and my focus is primarily on animals that are found on and around coral reefs. My favorite animals are usually the ones that are the most colorful, which usually happen to be the most challenging to keep as well. Although live corals may look like rather simple animals, they are also one of the hardest to keep thriving. Much of my time and effort is spend behind the scenes ensuring that these animals are living healthy lives.
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Matt’s Suggested Reading:
“Reef Fishes Volumes 1-5” by Scott W. Michael, 1998 (TFH Publications).
“Corals of the World Volumes 1-3” by JEN Veron, 2000 (Australian Institute of Marine Science).
“Fairy and Rainbow Wrasses” by Rudie H. Kuiter, 2002 (TMC Publishing).
“Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific” by Terrence M. Gosliner, David W. Behrens, and Gary C. Williams, 1996 (Sea Challengers).
“Cephalopod Behavior” by Roger T. Hanlon and John B. Messenger, 1996 (Cambridge University Press).
“Soft Corals and Sea Fans” by Katharina Fabricius and Philip Alderslade, 2001 (Australian Institute of Marine Science).
“The Perimeter of Ignorance” by Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2005 (Natural History).