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Gerry Allen is an internationally renowned authority on the classification and ecology of coral reef fishes of the Indo-Pacific region. He is definitely “old school”, in his approach to science, spending more time in the field than behind a desk looking through a microscope. Over a career spanning 40 years, he has accumulated more than 12 years on various expeditions to all the world’s tropical seas and has logged more than 8,000 hours of scuba diving. Dr. Allen has authored 33 books and more than 400 scientific publications. He received a PhD in marine zoology from the University of Hawaii in 1971, studying the classification and biology of anemonefishes as the subject of his thesis. The lure of Australia’s rich, but poorly documented fish fauna attracted Gerry and his wife Connie to Sydney in 1972 and two years later they moved to Perth on the Indian Ocean coast, where they still reside. Dr. Allen served as Curator of Fishes at the Western Australian Museum for 25 years, retiring in 1998. He now works as a full time consultant for Conservation International, conducting marine biological surveys, primarily in Southeast Asia. He still maintains a rigorous research program and is also an avid underwater photographer. He lists mountaineering, rock climbing, bicycle racing and bird watching as his favourite hobbies. Dr. Allen is a past President of the Australian Society for Fish Biology, an honorary foreign member of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, and a recent recipient of the prestigious K. Radway Allen Award for Outstanding Contributions to Australian Ichthyological Science.

Adam Blundell Adam Blundell M.S. works in Marine Ecology, and in Pathology for the University of Utah. He is also Director of The Aquatic & Terrestrial Research Team, a group which utilizes research projects to bring together hobbyists and scientists. His vision is to see this type of collaboration lead to further advancements in aquarium husbandry. While not in the lab he is the president of one of the Nation's largest hobbyist clubs, the Wasatch Marine Aquarium Society ( ). Adam has earned a BS in Marine Biology and an MS in the Natural Resource and Health fields.

Eric Borneman Eric Borneman is a Ph.D. candidate supported by an NSF fellowship in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston. Eric’s primary research area is in the field of apoptosis and stress-related factors in coral disease. Eric received the "Aquarist of the Year" award by the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America in 2002 for contributions to the field of coral husbandry, and has written two books on the subject, including the acclaimed book, Aquarium Corals. Eric is also involved in aquarium trade sustainability issues, sexual and asexual coral culture for research, diseases and reproduction in captive corals, and is currently conducting coral disease research at the Texas Flower Garden Banks. He hosts The Coral Forum, an advanced coral husbandry forum on Reef Central and is a science editor of ReefKeeping magazine. Eric has contributed hundreds of articles to both the scientific and the international reefkeeping communities and has lectured worldwide on the subject of coral husbandry. He has been diving and photographing coral reefs around the world since 1978.