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Bryan Danson

Graduate Research Assistant

Indian River Research and Education Center

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

University of Florida

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Bryan is a biologist who strives to educate the public of the importance of conservation through public and private aquaria. His research interests lie in captive propagation methods and improving captive fish health to reduce pressure on wild fish stocks captured for both the public and private aquaria industry.

Currently he works with the freshwater catfish family Loricariidae from South America identifying the spawning cues of adult fish and protocols related to larval growth and survival. He also assists in other marine ornamental research conducted in association with members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums at the IRREC hatchery. In addition, he volunteers at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit in Fort Pierce, FL and is a member of the Students United in the Research of Fisheries graduate student organization for the Fisheries and Aquatic Science program at UF.

Originally from a suburb of Detroit, MI, Bryan came to UF from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research institute (FWRI/FWC) having worked in the Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulrius argus) fishery for three years. He completed his MS in marine biology from the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC in December of 2009. His Master’s thesis was entitled “Estimating reef fish reproductive productivity on artificial and natural reefs off the Atlantic coast of the southeastern United States.” While working towards his Master’s degree, he volunteered with outreach organizations and in the NOAA Coral Health and Disease coral aquaculture facility, and was the Student Outreach and Social Activities Chair for the Graduate Student Association. He completed his BS at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in May of 2006 after transferring from the University of Maine at Machias in 2004.

Throughout his life he has been inspired by the quote by Baba Dioum:

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. And we will understand only what we are taught."

He believes this idea is the central premise of public and private aquaria. The animals within them provide the opportunity to reach the public to teach them about conservation and sustainability. However, that idea falls apart if the collection of the animals used for outreach harms the very populations needing to be conserved. Therefore, he works to aquaculture these animals to provide sustainable alternatives to wild populations to alleviate collection pressure.



Mailing Address:
Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce FL 34945-3138
Phone: 772-468-3922 ext. 130
Fax: 772-468-3973



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