Volunteer Advisers Group
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).
Dr. Tim Miller-Morgantim.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim 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.
Arnold is a key member of the Fishery Field Trainers supporting the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery. Arnold is an accomplished fish biologist is involved with both University of Amazonas (UA) and the National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. Arnold often volunteers his time and expertise to help the Rio Negro Fishery.
Radson Rógerton dos Santos Alvesradisonbarcelos
Radson is a Brazil government official and also a Fishery Field Trainer of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery. Radson participated in the Training beginning in the Summer of 2016 and has continued to participate often volunteering his own personal time to help the Fishery.
Maria Ines Munari Balsanmbalsan@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.
Jackie is a senior aquarist at New England Aquarium in Boston and experience educator. Jackie volunteers her time speaking at fish clubs, helping with trade shows such as Aquatic Experience and providing her expertise and enthusiasm for wild-caught Rio Negro Fish.
Dr. Roberto Reisreis
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.
Joely-Anna Mota and Gabrieljoely.email@example.com
Joely and Gabriel have been working with the Rio Negro Fishery for a very long time and often volunteer their time to help the Rio Negro Fishery. They are part of the newly Trained Fishery Field Trainers. Both Joely and Gabriel have worked in all aspects of the fishery and are very knowledgeable about the Rio Negro Fishery.
Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery
Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium FisheryJoão and Sandamar
Meet the Fishery Field Trainers of the Rio Negro Aquarium Fishery
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 with Project Piaba and the operational aspects of 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.