Truly Ledgendary Speakers!
Charles Delbeek : Reef Tank Chemistry
Charles Delbeek, JCD consulting has been caring for marine organisms in closed systems for over 43 years. As a professional aquarist he has worked at the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu and the Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco where he is currently assistant curator. His professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine and freshwater fishes, corals, aquatic plants and cephalopods. A certified SCUBA diver since the age of 14 and accomplished underwater photographer, Charles has made over 500 dives in locations throughout the world including Canada, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, south Korea, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, the Florida Keys, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, Thailand and St. Maartin. Charles has lectured at over 80 aquarium-related conferences and meetings, chaired several professional conference sessions, and published over 130 articles in the popular aquarium and scientific literature in the last 27 years. He served as the moderator of the online Fishnet Marine Aquarium forum on CompuServe from 1987 till 1991 and was one of the pioneers of the reef aquarium hobby since its inception in North America in 1986. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish Magazine from 1997 to 2012, a bi-monthly column for Advanced Aquarist Online and currently Coral magazine, he has co-authored three popular aquarium books with Julian Sprung. The Reef Aquarium was published in 1994, The Reef Aquarium volume 2 was published in 1997, and The Reef Aquarium volume 3 published in 2005, considered by many to be the definitive works in the field. In addition to his lecturing and writing, Charles has provided consulting services through his company JCD Consulting (www.jcdaquariumdesign.com), to public and private aquarium projects around the world.
Ramon Villaverde : SECORE
Grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree, with specialization in zoology and ecology from the University of Akron in 1997. After an initial college interest in herpetology, his focus switched to aquatics as he started his career as an Aquarist Trainee at SeaWorld based in Aurora Ohio. He then moved to Discovery Cove Orlando 2 years later, he was a part of their opening crew. He spent 6 years at Discovery Cove and SeaWorld Orlando working with a wide variety of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and aquatic systems. He returned to his home state 10 years ago and started working at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as a Senior Aquarist, where the majority of his time is spent on the management of the tropical saltwater displays. He is the primary aquarist responsible for maintaining live food cultures, larval fish rearing, and coral propagation. He is also heavily involved with conservation organizations such as SECORE and Rising Tide. In addition, along with being an SDI Scuba Instructor and teacher at a Columbus-based dive school.