The Volunteer Team

 

Scott Dowd

Scott Dowd

sdowd@projectpiaba.org

Scott Dowd is a a conservation biologist at New England Aquarium in Boston, MA, USA and Executive Director of Project Piaba. He received his M.Sc. from the University of Stirling in 2003; his thesis was entitled “Observations on the cardinal tetra fishery with an emphasis on the measurement of stress.” For more than 20 years, Scott has been actively involved in conservation of the cardinal tetra fishery in the mid-Rio Negro region of the Amazon, working along the entire industry chain of Amazonian fishermen, exporters, importers, retail stores, and hobbyists. He continues to be a strong proponent of the trade in environmentally friendly aquarium fish worldwide. Scott has recently established the Home Aquarium Fish Sub-group within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Freshwater Fishes Specialty Group (IUCN FFSG).

Maria Ines Munari Balsan

Maria Ines Munari Balsan

mbalsan@projectpiaba.org

Mari is a professor at University of Caxias do Sul, teaching for International Market and Administration, she is Director of Project Piaba – Instituto Piaba Brasil, Legal Responsible for “Indicação de Procedência Rio Negro” (Geographic Indication).  She is MSc en Sciences et Technologies mention Agronomie et Agroalimentaire, Spécialité Viticulture –Œnologie the ESA – Escola Superior de Agricultura d’Angers, Master Universitário Internacional em Viticultura, Enologia y Gestion de la Empresa Vitivinicola- Universid Politécnica de Valencia – Espanha, DNM (Diploma Nazionale di Mestrato) – en Sciences e Tecnologies, menzione Agronomie-Agroalimentare, espezialità Viticultura e Enologia – Università di Bologna UNIBO– Itália. Post Graduated in Marketing, and graduated in Economy. She wrote a Dossie to build a Geographic Indication (IP Rio Negro). Mari has been working with the Rio Negro region for 8 years.

Dr. Roberto Reis

Dr. Roberto Reis

reis@pucrs.br

Roberto is a Doctor in Zoology from the University of São Paulo.  He is a Professor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre. Head of the Laboratory of Vertebrate Systematics. Dean of the School of Biosciences. Regional Chair  for South America of the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group of IUCN/WI. Visiting scholar at the University of Michigan (1995-1996) and the University of Central Florida (2013).  Since 1980 involved in scientific research on taxonomy, systematics and biogeographic of South American freshwater fishes, especially catfishes. Main interest is the discovery and documentation of biodiversity (so far described 107 new species of fishes) and the study of phylogenetic relationships using combined morphological and molecular evidence. Since 2000 also involved in conservation of freshwater fishes.  Directed and participated in many collecting expeditions in freshwater environments in South America (Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Argentina). Large expeditions include the Calhamazon Project in the main channels of the Amazon River (1994), the Ucamara Project in the Ucayali River system in Peru (2000-2003), the All Catfish Species Inventory Transcontinental Catfish Expedition (2004), the Alto Purus Project in Peru (2008-2013), and the Faunal Survey of the Lower Amazon (2012-2017).  Teaching experience includes lecturing regular undergraduate courses on “Cordate Zoology” (protochordates and fishes) and graduate courses on “Phylogenetic Systematics”, and “Ichthyology”. So far directed 16 M.Sc. thesis and 15 Ph.D. dissertations.  Editorial experience includes being “section editor of General Ichthyology” for the scientific journal Copeia. Former “editor of systematics” for the scientific journal Neotropical Ichthyology.  Member of the Editorial Board of the Brazilian Journal of Zoology and Cybium. Co-editor of four multi-authored, international books.

Scientific publications include 99 scientific papers, 18 book chapters, and four edited books. Have participated in several scientific meetings. Have been invited as lecturer in several meetings in various countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Unites States, England, Sweden, and Germany.

Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan

Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan

tim.miller-morgan@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan is a Assistant Professor – Aquatic Animal Health, Extension Veterinarian at Oregon State University.  His primary focus is on providing educational programming and service to the aquarium industry in Oregon and beyond, to help wholesalers, retailers, and hobbyists succeed in the rearing, husbandry, and health care of aquatic animals in the aquarium or pond environment. He led the development of a new two-year Aquarium Science degree and one-year certification program at Oregon Coast Community College, and travels widely to educate aquatic pet owners, breeders, importers, and retailers about the proper care and handling of aquarium fish.

Joely-Anna Mota

Joely-Anna Mota

joely.anna@gmail.com

Joely has been working with the Rio Negro Fishery for a very long time.  She has worked in all aspects of the fishery and recently coordinated all the activities for the Train the Trainers Best Handling Workshops this summer.  Joely will lead the team of recently Trained trainers to now work directly with the fishers and those stakeholders involved with the Rio Negro Fishery on Best Handling Practices.  The goal is to help the fishery improve fish health so that this sustainable and beneficial fishery can recover and compete in the global marketplace where farm raised fish currently have a better perception of fish health.

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery

Lonnie Ready

Lonnie Ready

lready@projectpiaba.org

Lonnie has had a lifelong career in the aquarium trade and he has worked just about every facet of the industry. Most recently, Lonnie was heading up sales and marketing for Quality Marine and has held other positions over the years with Central Aquatics and Marineland.

Mike Tuccinardi

Mike Tuccinardi

Mtuccinardi@projectpiaba.org

Mike Tuccinardi is Senior Editor, CORAL and AMAZONAS Magazines for Reef to Rainforest Media

He is an aquarium fish industry professional, writer/photographer, and consultant. Sustainable supply chain management, import/export logistics, marketing, and brand building a specialty.

Mike has more than 10 years experience in both retail and wholesale aquarium fish/exotic animal industry. Extensive travel background and intimate knowledge of ornamental fisheries and supply chains with a focus on the Amazon Basin and South/Southeast Asia. Currently pursuing a Master’s in Fisheries and Aquatic Science from University of FL. Advisory board member, Project Piaba, steering committee member IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Home Aquarium Fish Sub-group (HAFSG).

Deb Joyce

Deb Joyce

djoyce@projectpiaba.org

Deb spent her career in the US packaged food industry working for various manufacturers such as General Mills, Welch’s, Frito Lay and start ups such as Attune Foods in various roles from sales and marketing to operations and finance.  Deb is now a volunteer at New England Aquarium working specifically on Project Piaba and the operational aspects of supporting and fostering the Rio Negro Fishery in Brazil.  She also supports the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Freshwater Fish Specialty Group and Home Aquarium Fish Sub-Group (IUCN FFSG) helping website operations.