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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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Long Island Collecting Log: Deepwater squirrelfish makes a rare appearance

Sargocentron bullisis, the Deepwater Squirrelfish. Caught in Southampton, NY

Sargocentron bullisi, the Deepwater Squirrelfish. Caught in Southampton, NY

 Although it is not uncommon for the squirrelfish, Holocentrus adscensionis to show up in Long Island waters as a tropical stray, the deepwater squirrelfish, Sargocentron bullisi is a far less frequent visitor.… More:

Deep Red

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

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

 Red coloration and large eyes are typical of deep-water fishes.… More:

Drifters: A look at some Sargassum invertebrates

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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:

Too Cute! Baby Octopus Edition

IMG_8201sm I found this tiny octopus last week, clinging to a piece of sargassum weed 20 miles off the coast of Long Island, NY.… More:

This is how marine biologists go fishing

Captain Greg Metzger of Reel Science Charters

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:

They’re baaaack! Lionfish return to New York

IMG_8000sm 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:

Swarming Mysids

A bucket of saltwater mysids, Neomysis americana

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:

Long Island Collecting Log: A tale of two goatfish

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

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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