Ashley Emanuele, DVM, CertAqV (Certified Aquatic Veternarian)

Dr. Ashley Emanuele earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and has conducted research with octopuses, cuttlefish, and sea turtles. Dr. Emanuele became North Carolina’s first Certified Aquatic Veterinarian in 2017, a distinction awarded by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.   She has graciously agreed to give us a talk on Coral Biology and Disease Identification(12:15pm)  She will speak with us about the physiology of coral and immediate at-home triage and treatment of diseased corals, as well as identifying some common diseases.  We are SO looking forward to meeting her!  

Joe Oliver, Marine Biologist

Joe Oliver is a Marine Biologist from Wilmington NC that spent 5 years as the head of Husbandry for the Curacao Sea Aquarium located on the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. He has worked with corals in captivity for over 10 years and has been involved in numerous coral and mangrove restoration projects across the world. Joe is currently working on a project to design a more holistic and sustainable approach to restoration methods in efforts to create programs that can be used anywhere in the world to protect and rebuild critical marine habitats. He will be doing his talk on Coral Spawning and Restoration - and we can't wait to hear it!  (1:30pm)

Mike Herman, SB Reef Lights

Mike Herman has been an avid fish hobbyist since the mid 1980s, a saltwater fish keeper since the early 1990s and a serious reef keeper since the mid 1990s.  He remembers seeing his first 6500K metal halide and thinking it was so blue compared to the 5700K!  Then, when the first 10,000K halide bulb came out, well - it was pure witchcraft!  He has had success growing and fragging corals under metal halide, VHO, T5 and combos of the 3.  Having reef tanks from 5 gallon Pico tanks, 10 to 20 gallon Nanos all the way up to 560g mega reefs.  Now, he runs SB Reef Lights, who specializes in LEDs!  Come check out his talk on Spectral Absorption Of Zooxanthellae Within Coral - he would be the guy to know!  (2:15pm)

Tom Dachille, Neptune Systems

Tom has been in the hobby for 17 years now, and came across his job at Neptune Systems about a year and half ago, after he had already been installing Apex systems as his primary job at a retail and service company in NYC.  He believes that "there are a lot of different approaches to taking care of your aquarium, and everyone has their own little wrinkles in what works for them.  No two tanks are the same!"  Tom will be giving us a talk on Apex 101 and will go into a shorter rundown of how many of Neptune's products can handle day to day tasks and provide stability for the aquarium.  "Less Hassle, More Success"  (3:15pm)