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Todd Gardner

About Todd Gardner

Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms. Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae. To date he has raised more than 50 species. In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.
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Deep Red

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Bigeye, Priacanthus arenatus. This specimen was found drifting in Sargassum weed.

 Red coloration and large eyes are typical of deep-water fishes.… More:
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Drifters: A look at some Sargassum invertebrates

P8080036sm Drifters: A look at some Sargassum invertebrates With a huge mass of Gulf Stream water much closer to shore than usual, we’ve had a rare opportunity here in New York to examine Sargassum communities.… More:

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Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition

IMG 8201sm Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition I found this tiny octopus last week, clinging to a piece of sargassum weed 20 miles off the coast of Long Island, NY.… More:

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This is how marine biologists go fishing

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Captain Greg Metzger of Reel Science Charters

 If you live on Long Island and you want to hire a charter boat to take you out in search of a trophy shark, tuna, striped bass, or anything else they think they can promise, there’s no shortage of captains ready to take your money. If, on the other hand, you just want to have the best day of your life out on the water enjoying our local marine life, one outfit really stands out.… More:
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They’re baaaack! Lionfish return to New York

IMG 8000sm Theyre baaaack! Lionfish return to New York What can it mean that after a complete absence of lionfish around Long Island, New York, for the last three years, they have suddenly reappeared?… More:

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Swarming Mysids

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A bucket of saltwater mysids, Neomysis americana

 Springtime in New York brings the return of migratory birds and fishes, hibernating reptiles and amphibians, and if you know where to look, massive swarms of the mysid shrimp, Neomysis americana.  These mysids provide great opportunities for hungry marine life and thrifty aquarists.… More:
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Long Island Collecting Log: A tale of two goatfish

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A pair of red goatfish, Mullus auratus at the Long Island Aquarium

 Divers and fish collectors in Long Island waters commonly encounter two species of goatfish: the red goatfish, Mullus auratus, and the spotted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculatus.  Although they are similar in outward appearance, their behavior and adaptability to aquarium life varies significantly.  As with most species, these differences are, in part, a reflection of ecological differences that can be observed in the wild.… More:
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Long Island Collecting Log, Part 1: October Magic

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Seining for tropicals on a cool October morning

 As the days shorten and the nights get colder in New York, the beach crowds and SCUBA divers give way to cold north winds and bundled-up fishermen, cashing in on the fall striped bass migration.  Between the less-than-favorable weather, and the need to return to winter routines, many tropical fish collectors around here have thrown in the towel for the season.  But we die-hards have a secret.  … More:
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